Swimming scholar Thomas Tsiopanis is Budapest-bound after first World Championships selection

17 May 2017

University of Bath sporting scholar Thomas Tsiopanis has thanked coach Mark Skimming after being selected to compete at the 2017 World Swimming Championships.

The Sports Performance student, who is supported by a Santander Sports Scholarship and trains in the Sports Training Village London 2012 Legacy Pool, will represent his native Cyprus at the Championships, taking place in Budapest, Hungary, from July 14-30.

Tsiopanis said: “I am really excited to be selected for my first World Championships this summer, it is such a great honour for me to be able to represent my country on the world stage. The call-up is the result of hard and persistent work and I am happy about it.

“I have been training with Mark Skimming for the last three years and I have definitely learnt a lot during this time. The support from Mark and the rest of the University coaching team has been amazing and helped me achieve this result.

“I would also like to thank Santander for the scholarship as it has helped cover the costs for some important competitions, supporting my preparation in the best possible way.

“My target is always to improve my performance and that is what I am looking forward to this summer in Budapest.”

Tsiopanis, a multiple national record holder, has previously competed for his country at the 2015 World University Games, where he also represented the University of Bath, and the Games of the Small States of Europe. He is set to compete in the 200m individual medley in Budapest.

He is the sixth University of Bath-based swimmer to be selected for the World Championships – British Swimming National Centre Bath quintet Jazz Carlin, James Guy, Calum Jarvis, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor and Chris Walker-Hebborn will all be in the British squad.

All train in the London 2012 Legacy Pool which is also open to the public. Click here to find out more about our SwimFit sessions.

Applications are now open for the 2017-18 Scholarship programme – click here for further details.

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