Swimmer Profile – Georgia Davies

When she lines up on the blocks at the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships, Georgia Davies will have come full circle. That’s quite a statement for an athlete who has competed at every level of the sport, stretching to two Olympic Games and no fewer than ten gongs at European level. But her first […]
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Swimmer Profile – Freya Anderson

A multiple European long course champion before the age of 18, Scouse sensation Freya Anderson’s inexorable rise shows no signs of slowing ahead of the LEN European Short Course Championships. And it was at Tollcross, where the continent’s finest will gather in December, where the freestyle racer burst onto the scene with four medals at […]
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Greenbank hopes LEN European Short Course Championships will propel him towards the Olympic stage

EXCITEMENT is intensifying in the build-up to the LEN European Short Course Championships and few understand the beauty of the format more than British backstroke star Luke Greenbank. Greenbank catapulted himself into British swimming folklore this summer by being part of the quartet that won gold in the 4x100m medley in the World Championships, racing […]
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O’Connor looking to replicate 2014 Commonwealth Games Glasgow glory

GLASGOW holds fond memories for British swim star Siobhan-Marie O’Connor and now she is hoping to repeat the feelgood factor by collecting yet more silverware at December’s LEN European Short Course Championships. O’Connor grabbed six medals on her Commonwealth Games debut for England at Glasgow 2014, including 200m individual medley gold and silver over 200m […]
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Wilby zeroes in on Tokyo target at LEN European Short Course Championships

Tokyo preparations are firmly on British breaststroke ace James Wilby’s mind but he isn’t getting carried away by the prospect of booking his seat on the plane just yet. Wilby is set to compete at the LEN European Short Course Championships in Glasgow in December, vying not only for medals but also valuable momentum heading […]
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Renshaw expects to be boosted by raucous crowd

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Litchfield using the spirit of Stokes to spur him on to Glasgow success

Max Litchfield watched every ball of Ben Stokes’ miraculous Ashes hundred this summer – and now the Yorkshire swimmer wants to channel the spirit of England’s cricket star as he returns to the water in Glasgow. An avid cricket fan, Litchfield found time amidst a hectic training schedule to head to Headingley and watch Stokes’ […]
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Greenbank hoping to carry World Championships momentum into Glasgow

British backstroke star Luke Greenbank says he’s hoping to harness the momentum of winning World Championship gold as he heads into December’s LEN European Short Course Championships in Glasgow. Greenbank triumphed in the 4x100m medley relay in Gwangju in July, joining forces with the youthful triumvirate of Adam Peaty, James Guy and Duncan Scott to […]
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Local boy Scott leads British team into LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships 2019

A strong British team will contest the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships in Glasgow, featuring four recently-crowned world champions. Glasgow-born Duncan Scott headlines the team, the local hero joined by his 2019 world champion teammates Luke Greenbank, James Guy and James Wilby, as 16 swimmers will don the Great Britain cap in December. Scott […]
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Murdoch expects home crowd to be bouncing at LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships

Ross Murdoch believes nothing can replicate the sensation of performing in front of your home crowd and can’t wait to return to Glasgow at the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships. The 25-year-old from Balloch announced himself on the world stage in Glasgow when he won 200m breaststroke gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Since […]
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Litchfield using the spirit of Stokes to spur him on to Glasgow success

Max Litchfield watched every ball of Ben Stokes’ miraculous Ashes hundred this summer – and now the Yorkshire swimmer wants to channel the spirit of England’s cricket star as he returns to the water in Glasgow.

An avid cricket fan, Litchfield found time amidst a hectic training schedule to head to Headingley and watch Stokes’ heroics with bat in hand in the swimmer’s home county.

Attention now turns to Litchfield himself following a remarkable summer of action – set to compete in December’s LEN European Short Course Championships.

And with the home crowd on his side, the 24-year-old expects the atmosphere at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre to be electric.

“It was an incredible summer of cricket – I was there when Ben Stokes played that amazing innings at Headingley,” said Litchfield.

“I guess the lesson you can learn from that is just never give up.

“He never gave up, the team never gave up, and all the players just had confidence he could do it.

“To the last ball, he was confident he could make those runs.

“No matter how bad it gets, no matter how tough times seem, you should always have that confidence that you can do it and make those improvements to do whatever you want to do.

“It’s going to be awesome for the short course meet in Glasgow – it’s always a great place to race and an awesome environment and atmosphere up there.

“Short course is fun, fast and you have to use skills – a smaller pool means the crowd are closer in so it creates a really great atmosphere and it will be an amazing experience.”

The precocious Litchfield is an experienced campaigner for an athlete of his age, representing Great Britain in Rio three years ago and finishing an impressive yet heart-breaking fourth in the 400m individual medley final.

He was then forced to miss the Commonwealth Games in 2018 with a shoulder injury, nevertheless going on to scoop silver in the 400m IM at the European Long Course Championships in Glasgow later that year.

But with Tokyo now on the horizon, he believes the pain of missing out in the Gold Coast makes him all the more determined to secure his seat on the plane to Japan.

“The Commonwealth Games was a horrible time for me – it was so tough,” he added.

“You never want to miss a race, but for it to be a Commonwealth Games really amplified that disappointment for me.

“Sitting here and watching it while they were all out there racing was hard to take.

“Something as disappointing and heart-breaking as that does spur you on and give you that little bit more drive that you need in this sport.

“It would be incredible to be selected for Tokyo and represent Great Britain once again – it’s the pinnacle of our sport, so if I could make a second Olympics it would be absolutely phenomenal.”

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