An exciting 34-strong British Swimming team is set to descend on the Serbian capital for the 2023 European Junior Swimming Championships, which run from 4th-9th July in Belgrade.
The annual competition showcases the best up-and-coming talent on the continent for athletes born primarily between 2005-2009, with successful swimmers from the event consistently going on to make impressions on the senior European and global stages.
The team will be looking to build on a successful set of performances in last year’s edition of the competition, which saw the group earn 11 medals and valuable international experience; an achievement that undoubtedly contributed to a strong set of performances at the British Swimming Championships earlier this month.
The squad for the competition features several individuals who contributed to that medal tally in Otopeni last summer, including Great Britain’s sole individual gold medallist Leah Schlosshan, who will look to defend her Women’s 200m Individual Medley title in a summer that also sees her named in the European Under-23s squad for the following month. Also named in both Belgrade and Dublin squads will be Eva Okaro who will be racing in sprint freestyle and fly events.
Other medallists returning to the European Junior stage following podium success last year include Matthew Ward, Evie Dilley, Ashleigh Baillie, Erin Little and Reuben Rowbotham-Keating. Fourteen-year-old Amelie Blocksidge will make her first appearance for Great Britain at a major international event following her momentous Women’s 1500m Freestyle British title win, while European Youth Olympic Festival medallists Oscar Bilbao, Blythe Kinsman, Phoebe Cooper, Skye Carter and Stefan Krawiec are all also included.
Speaking on the team selected for the competition, British Swimming Head of Performance Development Alan Lynn was full of optimism about what the young team can produce a year out from the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris and with other senior international events on the horizon for this cohort down the line.
“The British Swimming Championships allowed our junior swimmers to showcase the best of their abilities ahead of what will be another productive year for those looking to make their way into the senior teams” he said.
“We have selected a strong team with experience from across the junior competitions, who will all be aiming to move their performances on in what will be an unfamiliar arena in Belgrade.
“I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do just one year out from Paris and five years out from LA 2028.”
British Swimming team selected for the 2023 European Junior Swimming Championships, Belgrade (4th-9th July)
Ashleigh Baillie, City of Sheffield
Oscar Bilbao, Repton
Vadim Bosc, Mount Kelly
Hannah Bowley, Repton
Amelie Blocksidge, City of Salford
Skye Carter, Basildon Phoenix
Iona Colbert, Nova Centurion
Mabli Collyer, Swansea Aquatics
Phoebe Cooper, City of Sheffield
Laurie Devine, Repton
Evie Dilley, Millfield
Rue Fowler, Team Bath
Lucy Fox, Wycombe District
Reece Grady, Stockport Metro
Adam Graham, Millfield
Blythe Kinsman, Mount Kelly
Stefan Krawiec, East Lothian
Jessica Lawton, City of Bristol
Erin Little, Mount Kelly
Edward Marcal Whittles, Chelsea & Westminster
Holly McGill, Heart of Midlothian
Tyler Melbourne-Smith, City of Liverpool
Callum Melville, Nova Centurion
Jacob Mills, City of Leicester
Eva Okaro, Sevenoaks
Sienna Robinson, City of Sheffield
Reuben Rowbotham-Keating, City of Manchester Aquatics
Leah Schlosshan, City of Leeds
Joseph Stout, City of Salford
Olivier Vedrenne, City of Norwich
Matthew Ward, Mount Kelly
Sophie Weston, Warrington Warriors
Solomon Williams, Millfield
Harry Wynne-Jones, City of Milton Keynes
Coaches selected to the 2023 British Swimming team for the European Junior Swimming Championships
Lisa Bates (Head Coach), Chelsea & Westminster
Lisa Atkinson, City of Bristol
Richard Denigan, City of Leeds
Dale Frantzeskou, City of Cardiff
Greg King-Limb, Mount Kelly
Ash Morris, Repton
Mark Rose, City of Manchester Aquatics
Ross Douglas (Support Coach) – University of Edinburgh