Andrew Willis returns to the international stage for the first time since the Rio 2016 Olympic Games this week when he represents British Swimming at the FINA World Short-Course Championships in Canada.
The University of Bath Chemical Engineering graduate, part of the highly-successful British Swimming National Centre at the Sports Training Village, will compete in the 200m breaststroke on Thursday (December 8).
Willis – who missed out on a medal in Rio by just eight-hundredths of a second – is in a 16-strong British squad for the week-long event in the WFCU Centre in Windsor, which gets under way on Tuesday.
It will be his second appearance at the World Short-Course Championships, following on from his fifth-placed finish in Istanbul in 2012.
Training partners and fellow Olympians Jazz Carlin and Chris Walker-Hebborn will make their first competitive appearance since Rio when they contest the 2016 ASA National Winter Meet, taking place at Ponds Forge, Sheffield from December 15-18.
Both returned to their University of Bath training base from the Olympics with silver medals – Carlin in both the 400m and 800m freestyle, and Walker-Hebborn in the men’s 4x100m medley relay.
Carlin will line up in both of her medal events at the short-course Winter Meet, while Walker-Hebborn will race in the 50m and 100m backstroke.
Forty University of Bath-based swimmers have entered the Winter Meet including reigning World Champion Calum Jarvis, double Olympian Lizzie Simmonds, European Junior gold-medallist Tom Derbyshire and MJ Church sporting ambassador Jay Lelliott.
He is one of a host of students in Mark Skimming’s training group set to compete in Sheffield, while youngsters with Aquae Sulis Performance Swimming Club – who also train in the London 2012 Legacy Pool at the STV – will also be in action.