Trio selected for England Commonwealth Games team

20 April 2010

Three University of Bath-based swimmers were today (Tuesday) selected by Commonwealth Games England to compete at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

University of Bath swimmers Stacey Tadd and Richard Webb were named among 29 swimmers selected to represent England in Delhi, as was Chris Walker-Hebborn, who trains at the British Gas Intensive Training Centre (ITC) at Bath.

All three feature in the initial group of swimmers selected for the Delhi Commonwealth Games, which take from 3-14 October, following their performances at the British Championships just over two weeks ago.

Stacey, 21, works as Team Bath’s Swim School administrator. Her selection follows a lengthy battle against a career-threatening knee injury she sustained in 2004. After operations in 2004 and 2008 she battled back to win 200m breaststroke gold at the British Championships in Sheffield and bronze in the 100m breaststroke.

“I had a couple of bad years with the injury, but I kept on trying,” she said. “I didn’t ever think I’d make the Commonwealth Games, so I’m really happy.”

Richard, aged 22, has a BSc in Sports Performance and an MSc in Management from the University of Bath, and is a swimming instructor at the TeamBath Swim School. He won silver in the 200m breaststroke and bronze in the100m breaststroke at the British Championships.

He said: “I made the team for the Worlds last year, which was my first major international, and I wanted to try to move on from there this year. I hoped to make the Commonwealth Games team and I want to try to make a bit of an impact there.”

Stacey and Richard are University of Bath Swimming Club members and are both coached by Mark Skimming.

Nineteen-year-old Chris won a brace of backstroke silvers over 100m and 200m at the British Championships. A Team Ipswich swimmer, he is coached by David McNulty at the British Gas Bath ITC and is a former winner of TeamBath’s athlete of the month award.

Further swimmers will be added to the England team for Delhi after two more sets of trials in August.

The University of Bath has one of the leading university sports departments in the UK. Under its Team Bath brand, its success is based on the expertise and dedication of staff, and its excellent facilities, used by the community and Olympic medal winners alike.

Members of the media who require further information can contact the Team Bath Press Office at Matchtight Ltd on (01225) 383518 or 01225 443998 or see the Team Bath website

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