DEAFLYMPIC SWIMMING SCHEDULE 2017d_swimming_schedule.pdf
Its time to start meeting the GB Squad for the Deaflympics with age being on first day of competition
Tom Baxter (24)
The squads most senior swimmer and very experienced. Tom said
' It is an absolute honour that I have been
selected for the 2017 Deaflympics Games for the 3rd time in my swimming career. I would also like to congratulate everybody else who is on the team.'
Jack McComish (22)
Another very experienced swimmer. Jack recently set 3 European records in his favoured breaststroke events. Jack said
'Being selected for the GB team is a great honour for me, this is my second
Deaflympics & is the only medal I dont have. I have won medals at the European and World championships so this would be a great achievement for me'
Oliver Kenny (19)
2nd deaflympics for Oli who is another experienced swimmer. Oli says
'I have broken British and English records in backstroke, fly and IM events. I've already been to the previous Deaflympics where I learned a lot and had an amazing experience. , I was so happy to have found out I was selected to go to the Deaflympics so I can experience it all again, I am already training hard for the Deaflympics and hope to do well!'
Sam Merritt (18)
Sams first major event had this to say
'I'm currently studying sports science and looking forward to applying to University in 2017 to study physiotherapy. Swimming has always been a great passion of mine. I currently swim for Doncaster Dartes and all the hard work and support from my local coaches has helped me reach the high standard required to swim for GB at the Deaflympics. To be selected is a great honour for me & I have made my friends and family proud'
Nathan Young (18)
Despite his age Nathan already holds a GB youth record. Nathan added 'I started competitive swimming at that age of 14, and it has been my life ever since. I feel at home with my new club, City of Liverpool (COLSC). I was lucky to be selected last year to represent GB at the World Deaf Swimming Championships in Texas, which was a great experience but I knew my goal was to compete at the 23rd Deaflympics. I feel very lucky to have the chance to represent my country and look forward to what the next 6-7 months bring.
Kieran Holdbrook (18)
Kieran enjoys the distance events and also represented GB at the World Championships in Texas. Kieran said
'I am very excited at the opportunity to represent Great Britain at the Deaflympics and am looking forward to visiting Turkey for the first time to compete'
Matt Oaten (17)
The youngest member of the mens squad Matt is still an experienced member of the squad having also competed at the World Championships in Texas. Matt said,
‘I am over the moon & couldn't believe it! I have worked hard for this moment and very delighted to be selected for the squad’.
Danii Joyce (21)
Senior female member of the squad and multiple World Record holder, Danii said I am proud to have been selected for my 2nd Deaflympics. I have learned so much since 2013. Hopefully in Turkey I will be fitter, stronger and wiser. I will be considered as a medal contender but I am well aware of the hard work needing to be done and know that swimmers from other countries will also be improving which is great for Deaf Swimming. I wish all members of the GB swim squad success and above all hope they enjoy the experience.
Jasmine Seamarks (17)
Already a finalist at the World Championships Jasmine is looking forward to her first Deaflympics. She said
‘I am proud to have been selected to swim for Great Britain at the Deaflympics. My aim is to make finals. I would like to thank my current club City Of Cambridge, ex-club Bottisham SC and David Silk for getting me to the Deaflympics. The hard work starts’.
Shiona McClafferty (17)
First major championships for Shiona who said 'I am delighted to be selected as part of the GB Swimming Team for the Deaflympics. It's an honour to represent the deaf community and my country at this level. I really don't know what it will be like as I have never done anything like this before but I am so excited and I know that my experienced team mates will keep me right. I want to thank all my coaches who have got me to this point in my swimming career - I will make you all proud!
Lucy Sharp (16)
Another swimmer making her International debut, Lucy said. 'I am in my last year of doing GSCE's. I really enjoy all types of sports, but especially love Swimming! I am honoured and thrilled to be selected to be part of the GB team, and looking forward to the challenge'
Ciara Tappenden (16)
Youngest but not inexperienced Ciara said, 'Ever since going to Russia in 2014 (European Championships) & USA in 2015 (World Championships) it has been my dream to go to the Deaflympics, so I am delighted to have been selected to represent GB in Turkey. I am training really hard & working with my coach to put together a training programme to help me achieve my dreams of performing at my best and achieving my full potential at the Deaflympics.