Olympic swimmers return to short-course action on World and National stage

05 December 2016

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.

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