Olympic Swimming Stars Share Excitement as Countdown to Glasgow 2019 Reaches Major Milestone – LEN


A strong British team will contest the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships in Glasgow, featuring four recently-crowned world champions. Here’s our one-stop-shop for getting to know your home heroes that will descend on Tollcross and compete for medals with Europe’s best. Freya Anderson: a Scouse sensation whose inexorable rise shows no signs of slowing. IG – […]
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Swimmer Profile – Brodie Williams

Momentum can be a powerful psychological advantage in sport – and it is something Brodie Williams has in spades ahead of the LEN European Short Course Championships. The Millfield School pupil has made major strides in the backstroke over the summer, delivering a 1:56.26 200m clocking in the 2019 Sette Colli Trophy in June. That […]
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Swimmer Profile – James Wilby

Loughborough-based James Wilby will be chasing a maiden podium place on the Short Course stage when he arrives in Glasgow for the European Championships. Having begun competitive swimming at the age of nine at York City Baths Club, the 26-year-old burst on to the international scene at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, where he competed in […]
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Wednesday at EuroSwim: Kolesnikov set to star

The LEN European Short Course Championships look set for a roaring start on opening day as Europe’s top stars descend on Tollcross desperate to dominate early headlines. A partisan Glasgow crowd will be thrilled by morning heats and evening finals for five days of top-class competition in the pool.  Eight individual events will kick off […]
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Tollcross Tales – 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships

A year after the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow and Tollcross International Swimming Centre played host to another star-studded event. The 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships came to town as nearly 600 athletes from approximately 70 countries experienced the seven days of breath-taking action. Great Britain took home a total of 32 medals made up of […]
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Great Scot – David Wilkie

One of Scotland’s most well-known swimming stars David Wilkie saw the height of his career include medals at European, World and Olympic level. The original Scottish breaststroker had an unbeaten streak of winning races between 1972 and 1976 which culminated in Olympic glory in Montreal. Wilkie was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka where his Aberdeen […]
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Swimmer Profile – Joe Litchfield

He’s not the only member of his family competing in the British team but Joe Litchfield will be eager to make a name for himself at the LEN European Short Course Championships next month. Joe and his brother Max will make up one ninth of the home contingent in Scotland, with Max representing the senior of the duo but […]
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McLay relishing home crowd advantage in Glasgow

Watching on from the crowd as his idols enjoyed success at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Scott McLay just couldn’t wait to get his own turn to wow the Scottish crowds.  Fast forward five years and that dream is on the brink of coming true, with the Perth-born swimmer set to make his senior Glasgow debut at the LEN European […]
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Miley hopes Scots will be at heart of British success

Scotland’s most successful female swimmer Hannah Miley knows what it takes to win medals in Glasgow, and she is backing the Scots to lead the charge at next month’s LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships. Triple Olympian Miley, who won 400m medley gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, will miss the event as she continues her recovery from […]
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Swimmer Profile – Kayla Van Der Merwe

It’s her 17th birthday today and what better present could Kayla Van Der Merwe wish for than a high-flying debut at the LEN European Short Course Championships in Glasgow next month. Van Der Merwe represents the youngest member of the British team participating in the competition, bringing youthful exuberance to the Scottish water to accompany […]
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Great Scot – Ian Black

Still the youngest winner of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, Ian Black is one of Scotland’s finest ever swimmers. In 1958, the 17-year-old from Inverness won three gold medals at the European Championships in Hungary, followed by a gold and two silver medals at the Commonwealth Games. This made him the first-ever […]
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Olympic Swimming Stars Share Excitement as Countdown to Glasgow 2019 Reaches Major Milestone

The race to the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships 2019, which comes to Glasgow later this year, is well and truly on with now only 100 days to go.

Some of the world’s leading athletes will descend on Glasgow’s Tollcross International Swimming Centre between 4 – 8 December when the Championships comes to the iconic city as it celebrates the 20th year of the event.

Spectators will watch as European Champions are crowned over five action-packed days in Glasgow as some of Europe’s finest swimmers compete in 40 short course events. Medals for events such as the Women’s 50m Breaststroke and Men’s 400m Freestyle will be up for grabs on day one. Meanwhile, the Men’s 200m Freestyle and Women’s 100m Backstroke will be among the highlights on day two, with both the Men’s 50m and Women’s 100m Freestyle Finals on day three. Into the weekend and swimmers will be chasing medals on the penultimate day in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke Final and Women’s 200m Freestyle Final, with the Men’s 100m Freestyle Final and Women’s 200m Individual Medley being the highlights across a very exciting final day.

It’s not every day two Olympians drop by unexpectedly to a school swimming class, however, the Scottish duo, Hannah Miley and Ross Murdoch were both in attendance at Glasgow Club Castlemilk Pool to surprise a local swimming club with a unique swimming class to celebrate the major ‘100 days to go’ campaign milestone.

Swimmers from St. Bridgid’s Primary School were invited to a unique training session at one of Glasgow’s finest swimming facilities and were shocked when they were joined by two Olympic swimmers. Miley and Murdoch spent the morning engaging with the young swimmers and giving advice to the next generation of Scottish swimmers, and the primary 5-7 pupils were left feeling inspired by this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Hannah Miley is one of Scotland’s most decorated female swimmers of all time, with a number of medals on the World and European stage, as well as four Commonwealth Games medals, including a gold which was won back in 2014 in Glasgow. As the Official Ambassador of the LEN European Short Course Championships 2019, Hannah spoke following the surprise moment.

She said: “It’s wonderful to be able to surprise these young kids and it was awesome to see how excited they are about another fantastic event coming to Glasgow. With 100 days to go it is another opportunity for Glasgow to welcome world class swimmers like they did at the Commonwealth and European Games. Hopefully we will inspire the next generation of swimmers, who may one day take part in an event like this.”

Olympian and double Commonwealth Games medallist, Ross Murdoch, fresh off the back of the World Championships in China says he is “working harder than ever” during training to make sure 2019 is a year to remember, and to ensure he is in the mix for Tokyo 2020. Ross will be aiming to gain selection to emulate the fantastic scenes from Glasgow 2014 at the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships 2019 and will be determined to clinch another medal on home soil. The Star Wars fan will be hoping the force is with him later this year and as he continues to count down the days until December.

Ross said: “With 100 days to go the countdown to the LEN European Short Course Championships really is on. Tollcross holds some very special memories for me and it’s been great to share my experiences with these kids here at Castlemilk. I not only hope to inspire them to come to the event and cheer on the British Team, but perhaps inspire them to believe that one day they may be swimming at such an event.”

The city of Glasgow welcomes the Championships for the first time as it continues to build its reputation as a truly world class sporting city. The competition will be the third major European event held in Glasgow within twelve months after a hugely successful inaugural European Championships, and a sold-out European Athletics Indoor Championships earlier this year in the Emirates Arena. Glasgow continues to receive global recognition for this reputation with a coveted top five ranking as an ultimate sporting city.

Billy Garrett, Director of Sport and Events at Glasgow Life and Co-Chair of the Glasgow 2019 Steering Committee, said: “With only 100 days to go until the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships here in Glasgow this December, it’s fantastic to have Hannah and Ross – both elite Scottish athletes – here with us today to help us celebrate.

“Our city has proved time and time again that we can deliver world-class events for both athletes and those attending, and these Championships will be no different. The excitement level is building in the city and tickets are selling fast for the event. I can’t wait to be there at a packed-out Tollcross International Swimming Centre watching some of the best athletes in Europe!”

British Swimming’s Chief Executive Officer, Jack Bucker, commented: “As the closing event of 2019, the European Short Course Swimming Championships are set to cap what has truly been a fantastic year of showcasing aquatic disciplines across the UK.

“The Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow has provided many memorable moments for our swimmers in recent times, and as the final countdown begins, we are all looking forward to returning to the venues electric atmosphere and seeing some strong performance as we sit on the eve of an Olympic year.”

Scottish Swimming’s Chief Executive Officer, Euan Lowe, saidWith now only 100 days to go until the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships, the excitement is building. Scotland is the perfect stage for hosting the 20th edition of the Championships and we look forward to welcoming Europe’s finest swimmers back to Tollcross in December following the success of last summer’s European Championships.”

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “The excitement is well and truly building for the 20th edition of the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships 2019 as we hit the 100 days to go mark.

“Tollcross International Swimming Centre is the perfect stage for the Championships, building on the legacy of previous international events including Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships and the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.

“With five days of fast-paced swimming action the Championships will also bookend an exciting year of international sporting events that have showcased Scotland to the world and reinforced our reputation as a world leading events destination.

Short course swimming is a fast-paced event and is guaranteed to have crowds energised from start to finish. Races are competed in a 25m pool, requiring swimmers to complete more turns, so crowds will see competitive, adrenaline-fueled races – setting up this event as one of the most exciting of the year.

Tickets for the event are on sale NOW with the championships set to be a cornerstone event in Scotland’s 2019 sporting calendar.

The LEN European Short Course Championship 2019 is guaranteed to give the Scottish crowd unmissable entertainment.

To grab your tickets before they are sold out, and for more event information, visit euroswim2019.com/tickets/ with tickets selling out fast, make sure you grab yours for your favourite event.