Fifty of England’s best young swimmers have arrived in Italy, ready for a weekend of action at the Energy Standard Cup in Lignano.
The England team will train together on Friday under the guidance of the ten accompanying top coaches, before competing in the two-day meet on Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1 May at the Sport Village (pictured below).
While swimming individual events, swimmers will also be scoring points for England. England Programmes competed last year and came 3rd. England have selected swimmers born between 1995 and 1998, with those who impressed at the British Championships such as City of Sheffield's Joe Litchfield and Newcastle's Emily Large included in the team.
Swimmers will be competing across the youth, junior and open age groups, hoping to gain valuable international experience for the future.
England Programmes Team Leader Grant Robins said, “This is a great opportunity for swimmers to race for themselves and their country. We are looking forward to some fast exciting swimming and hopefully England can come out in a better position than last year. Some nations are sending Rio representatives, but we felt this would be more valuable for swimmers aiming to gain world class status in the coming years.”
This is a great opportunity for swimmers to race for themselves and their country. We are looking forward to some fast exciting swimming.
Swimmers will have the opportunity to race a minimum of three events and a maximum of six, swimming in their own age groups, but combining with other age groups to make up the relay teams.
All races are heat declared winner and Head Coach Fred Furniss has created a balanced team so everyone gets opportunities to race their best events, as well as some others that they don’t always get to.
For more information and results throughout the weekend, go to http://energystandardcup.org/en/