Sherwin earmarked as future Olympic medal prospect

18 October 2015

REBECCA Sherwin of Team Ipswich has been selected in the British Swimming World Class Performance Programme for the 2015/16 season. The 15-year-old is among 45 swimmers named in the Podium Potential squad earmarked as potential future medal winners on the Olympic stage.

Former Hatfield swimmers Martyn Walton, now at University of Stirling, and Caleb Hughes, now at National Centre Loughborough, are also in the squad along with former Colchester star Laura Stephens (Plymouth Leander).

Athletes selected on to the World Class programmes are eligible to receive advanced training camp and competition opportunities, access to world-class sports science and medicine services, and enhanced support from British Swimming performance staff and National Institute of Sport programmes across the country.   Athletes will also receive targeted financial assistance from UK Sport through the World Class Performance Programme’s Athlete Personal Award (APA). 

Podium level support identifies athletes who have the potential to medal in 2016 while Podium Potential support marks a longer term investment by supporting athletes who are considered to have a greater chance of medalling in 2020.

British Swimming National Performance Director Chris Spice said: “This investment in British Swimming’s talent is vital in enabling our athletes to pursue their performance goals for 2016 and beyond.

“Over the past two years our focus on process driven goals supporting our clear medal opportunities has delivered fantastic results.  This valuable support has helped us to achieve as a team and I’d like to thank UK Sport and the National Lottery for their continued investment. The challenge for us all now is to build on our successes to date in the critical year ahead”.

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