Marathon swimmers selected for Juniors

16 Jun 2017

Twelve swimmers have been named in the British marathon team that will head to Marseille for the European Junior Championships.

The three-day competition runs from 4 – 6 August and will see swimmers competing across three different distances.

The competition is run across three age groups with 14/15 year olds swimming 5km, 16/17 year olds competing a 7.5km course and 18/19 year olds will tackle the 10km race. Athletes will also compete in two team relays.

Hector Pardoe and Ioan Evans have experience of international competition having competed at the World Junior Championships. Pardoe won bronze in the 5km while Evans challenged for the medals in the 10km in Hoorn, Netherlands last summer.

Phoebe Griffiths also came home from the World Junior Championships with a bronze medal from the team relay.

Marathon Swimming Lead Bernie Dietzig said: “This is an exciting opportunity for the 12 swimmers to experience racing against the best in Europe.

“We have selected a promising team for this competition and I am pleased with the interest shown by all of the swimmers on the team. I see a lot of promise and am excited to see what they can achieve in this environment.”

The British team comprises:
George Barber - Grimsby Aquatics   

Tiegan Child - Beckenham

Georgia Darwent – Newcastle Swim Team

Ioan Evans – City of Cardiff

Rose Foden - Northampton

Phoebe Griffiths – Ellesmere College

Max Jelfs - Hatfield

Maisie Macartney - Thanet    

Hector Pardoe - Ellesmere College

Gordon Mason – Ellesmere College  

Thomas Millburn - Cockermouth       

Emilia Sansome – Wycombe District