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Three Olympic champions are among the first athletes to be included in Team England’s Swimming team for the home Commonwealth Games in Birmingham this summer. 

Ten swimmers have been announced in the initial selection, including Tokyo 2020 gold medallists Adam Peaty OBE, Anna Hopkin MBE and Tom Dean MBE. Luke Greenbank and James Wilby – who also claimed medals in last year’s Olympic Games – are part of the selected 10, which is completed by Max Litchfield, Abbie Wood, Ben Proud, Molly Renshaw and Alicia Wilson.

Team England were second on the medal table at the 2018 Gold Coast Games with a total of 24 medals. This included nine gold, 10 silver and five bronze medals. 

The team were led by world record holder and Olympic Champion, Adam Peaty, alongside a host of other world-class athletes including Eleanor Robinson, Siobhan Marie O-Connor, Alice Tai, James Guy and Ben Proud.

There were 11 para swimming events at the 2018 Commonwealth Games where disabled athletes competes as part of Team England alongside their non-disabled teammates; a feature unique to the Games. One of the stand-out moments on the Gold Coast was Tom Hamer storming to victory in the S14 200m freestyle with a new world record. 

The diversity of the aquatic discipline is always a fun one to be involved in, these four strokes of freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly will showcase the Commonwealth's finest athletes in the fight to victory. Their dynamic strength and technique will uphold One Team through a display of resilience, teamwork and sheer passion. 

Four entrants into this race meant only gold and silver medals would be awarded. Eleanor Robinson starts as the favourite in the S7 50m butterfly in her trademark event.

Just outside of the world record, Ellie Robinson is crowned Commonwealth Champion at aged 16 and her super pace meant she won the second gold for Team England on the second night of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

You might need to know...

Swimmers can compete in four strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly
The winner is the first swimmer to touch the wall at the end of the designated distance
While typically a race is held over just one stroke medley events include all four
The pool is 50m long and events at the 2018 Commonwealth Games included events up to 1500m

Swimming is one of the core sports at the Commonwealth Games and therefore must feature at every programme. Swimming first appeared at the first games in 1930, commonly known as the 'Empire Games'. 

Swimming is both a male and female sport and includes para events. 

At the Gold Coast, there were 54 medal events and we were one of the best competing nations, just short of topping the table, behind Australia with an all time total of 376. 

On the Gold Coast we won a total of 24 medals including 9 golds, 10 silvers and 5 bronze medals finishing in 2nd place. 

At Birmingham 2022, swimming will be held in the new-build Sandwell Aquatics Centre, alongside diving.

Team Leader

Grant Robins

Grant Robins

Grant was an ex swimmer who competed at the 1990 Commonwealth Games. He has been part of the team in numerous Games as a coach in 1998 and team leader in 2018. He returns as team leader for the 2022 Games

Grant said: 

"As current Head of Talent for Swim England, the opportunity to be team leader at a home Games is an incredible privilege. Through our align pathway there will be swimmers and para swimmers on our team in Birmingham that have come through the whole journey and to see them thrive will be amazing.  2022 will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to show case England Swimming talent to a home crowd!"
Grant Robins
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