University of Bath-based Charlie Attwood is one of 16 potential Tokyo 2020 Olympians selected by British Swimming to attend an altitude training camp in Flagstaff, Arizona later this month.
It is the first of ten altitude camps that will take place between now and the Tokyo Games and each swimmer chosen is considered to be of the optimal age and performance profile to excel at the next Olympics.
Attwood is starting his second season of full-time training with the British Swimming National Centre Bath, where he trains alongside Rio 2016 Olympic silver-medallists Jazz Carlin, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor and Chris Walker-Hebborn.
Coached by Dave McNulty and Graeme Antwhistle, Attwood is a breaststroke specialist and won gold over 50m, 100m and 200m at the British Summer Championships in July. He also gained valuable senior experience while competing at the LEN European Championships in London.
The Flagstaff camp will be led by British Swimming Head of Performance Pathway Tim Jones and will include double Olympic silver medallist Duncan Scott as well as Olympians Max Litchfield and Georgia Coates.
“The athletes on this first camp have been identified as a group who are expected to be at their performance peak by the time we reach the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games,” said Jones.
“This particular camp is targeted at athletes who have recently transitioned into the senior ranks and we believe this exposure will help them significantly in making the next step on their journey. We’re putting in place this fantastic opportunity as a vital step in our plans leading into Tokyo.”