City of Derby swimmer Lewis White is in the England squad for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The final squad has been announced and Derbyshire swimmer Abbie Wood – a finalist for the Young Sportswoman of the Year at the 2017 Derby Telegraph Sports Awards – has also been chosen.
Former City of Derby swimmers Adam Peaty, Sarah Vasey and Luke Greenbank, as well as former Derventio eXcel swimmer Molly Renshaw, were among the first group of swimmers to have their place confirmed in October.
This year’s Games will be held on the Gold Coast in Australia between April 4-15 and the final 24 England selections have been revealed.
White, the 2017 Derby Telegraph Young Sportsman of the Year, was named in England’s seven-strong para-swimming squad and he Tweeted: “Proud to say I’ll be representing Team England at my first Commonwealth Games this year, can’t wait to return to the Gold Coast and represent my country.”
The 17-year-old Swadlincote swimmer, currently studying A levels at Pingle School, has continued to impress in the pool since winning bronze in the S9 400m freestyle at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.
Highlights last year included gold, silver and bronze medals in the S9 100m freestyle, 400m freestyle and 50m freestyle at the British Para Swimming International meet.
He followed that with four gold medals and two silvers at the Para World Cup Series meet in Berlin – breaking a British record in the process – before earning Team GB selection for the World Para Swimming Championships, which were due to be held in Mexico but were postponed because of an earthquake.
Former Derventio swimmer Wood has been chosen after seeing her ranking go up to 12th in the world for the 400m individual medley in 2017.
She qualified for the 2017 World Championships in Budapest after a superb display at the British Swimming Championships in Sheffield.
There, she began with bronze in the women’s 400m individual medley before returning to the podium later in the championships to collect silver in the women’s 200m individual medley.
Defending 100m backstroke champion Chris Walker-Hebborn has been left out of England’s swimming squad.
Walker-Hebborn missed out on automatic selection in October and did not do enough at December’s second trials.
James Wilby – gold medallist at Glasgow 2014 – and Paralympic, world, European and Commonwealth champion Ollie Hynd are among the 24 additional names.
Team England chef de mission Sarah Winckless said the squad offered a “balance of youth and experience”.
Breaststroke specialist Wilby will be competing in his second Commonwealths after being part of the gold medal-winning 4x100m medley relay team in Glasgow.
Double 2014 medallist Aimee Wilmott, who won silver in the 400m individual medley and the 200m butterfly, will be at her third Games after she made her debut in Delhi in 2010.
As well as Hynd, who will defend his SM8 200m individual medley title, Rio Paralympic gold medallists Alice Tai and Ellie Robinson are included in the para-swimming team, along with Tom Hamer, who will be hoping to add to his silver from Glasgow in the S14 200m freestyle.
Source : http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/sport/other-sport/city-derby-swimmer-lewis-white-1019652