Bath squad set for first 2020 outing at Flanders meet

17 Jan 2020

World champion relay swimmer James Guy is part of a six-strong squad from the National Centre in Bath heading to Belgium this weekend to get their first taste of international competition in 2020 at the annual Flanders Cup meet. 

James Guy, Calum Jarvis, Jessica Fullalove, Cameron Kurle, Kieran Bird and Georgia Coates are the British athletes set to be in action at the Olympic Aquatic Centre Wezenberg in Antwerp as they look to focus on race strategies and test the impact of their winter training schedules against international rivals. 

The Flanders meet sits three months out from the British Swimming Championships (April 14th-18th), which double as the Olympic trials ahead of Tokyo 2020. 

Fullalove, Coates and Kurle are all involved again after featuring at the 2019 Flanders event. Backstroke specialist Fullalove claimed a pair of silver medals in the Women's 100m and 200m events in Belgium before going on to claim her maiden individual national title over the 200m distance later in the year, while Coates secured Flanders bronzes in the Women's 200m Freestyle and 200m Breaststroke races. 

Elsewhere, the 2019 season saw Guy help the Men's 4x100m Medley Relay team secure the world title in Gwangju - and he also won Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay bronze - as Jarvis appeared at his third successive Worlds and Bird became a silver medallist in the 400m Freestyle at the British Championships.

Now, all six Bath-based athletes will be hoping to lay strong platforms for their 2020 campaign over the weekend. 

Full squad: 

Keep your eyes on the British Swimming social media accounts across the weekend for updates on how the team are getting on, with a full meet report to come on Monday.