The eight GB swimmers who headed to Nanjing, China to compete in the Youth Olympics all came away with medals in a fantastic finish to their season.
They were part of a Team GB squad of 33 athletes competing across 14 sports, giving all involved a great multi-sport Games experience that will help them along the way to their own Olympic dreams.
Jess Fullalove returns home with three silver medals. The 18-year-old’s two individual medals came in the 100m Back (finishing just 0.01 seconds behind USA’s Clara Smiddy) and 50m Back (with a PB 28.66).
Fullalove swam with Georgina Evans, Charlotte Atkinson and Amelia Maughan in the 4x100m Medley Relay, winning silver in a time of 4:05.75.
“It’s a bit frustrating not to be able to get that gold medal," said Fullalove. "But I am happy with three silvers for the meet as it has been a really long season.”
The men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay team went one further winning gold in a time of 3:21.19 which was five seconds better than their qualifying time. The team was Duncan Scott, Martyn Walton, Luke Greenbank and Miles Munro.
“I am so happy that we have won the gold medal and I can’t quite believe it to be honest,” said Scott. “There is also a mini competition between the boys and girls in Team GB and they won two silver medals the day before so we had to come out and win gold really.”
16-year-old Luke Greenback added a second medal winning bronze in the 200m Backstroke. “It was a second off my personal best but I am delighted to be leaving the Youth Olympic Games with an individual medal.”
Nathan Hilton, Team Leader for Swimming, said: “It has been a great experience for the athletes, travelling long haul and having to deal with an Olympic village experience. They have all stepped up at the end of a very long season that has seen them set numerous British Age Group record, personal bests and seasons bests. These athletes have shown tremendous character throughout the meet against the best juniors in the world which will stand them in good stead as they continue their journey into senior swimming.”