University of Bath students and graduates among athletes selected on British Swimming World Class Programme for 2020-21 season

28 September 2020

Eleven members of the British Swimming National Centre squad based at the University of Bath have been selected for the British Swimming World Class Programme (WCP) for a 2020-21 season that includes the rescheduled Tokyo Olympic Games.

Among the 18 swimmers selected on the top Podium tier are Mechanical Engineering student Tom Dean, Sports Performance graduate Calum Jarvis, double Olympic medallist James Guy and Freya Anderson, who joined the National Centre Bath squad this summer.

Sports & Exercise Science alumna Anna Hopkin, who trained with Mark Skimming’s student squad during a successful student-athlete career at Bath, is also on the Podium programme.

Athletes on the Podium Potential tier include Jonathon Adam and Brodie Williams, who have both started Sports Performance undergraduate courses at the University of Bath this month.

They are joined on the Podium Potential programme by fellow National Centre Bath swimmers Holly Hibbott, Emily Large, Jacob Peters, Matt Richards and Ciara Schlosshan.

All selected swimmers will receive programme opportunities and targeted support from UK Sport through the World Class Performance Programme’s Athlete Performance Award.

Athletes selected on the WCP are also eligible to benefit from training camp and competition opportunities throughout the selected season, with access to world-class sports science and medicine services, as well as comprehensive support from the British Swimming performance staff and national institute of sport programmes across the UK’s Home Nations.

British Swimming National Performance Director Chris Spice said: “Due to the challenging circumstances since March this year we have managed to retain our key athletes on the World Class Programme for the coming season and, at the same time, make room for some bright young talent coming through the pathway.

“We look forward to working with all programme athletes this coming season in order for them to be in the best possible shape to swim their best in the summer of 2021.”

The British Swimming National Centre Bath squad, coached by David McNulty and Jol Finck, train at the Team Bath Sports Training Village in the London 2012 Legacy Pool which is also open to members of the public. Click here to find out more. 

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