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UK F-Teamers heading down under

17 January 2018

 Commonwealth Games
UK Funkita F-Teamers are gearing up for the Commonwealth Games in Australia 2018

In April all eyes will be on Australia as the Commonwealth Games takes place on the Gold Coast.

Kathleen Dawson has made the cut for Team Scotland and will swim the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke events as well as the medley relay.

"I've had a good season so far so I'm looking forward to once again representing Scotland and seeing if I can get in the mix of the medals"

 Charlotte & Kathleen
Charlotte (left) representing The Isle of Man & Kathleen (right) representing Scotland

Charlotte Atkinson will represent The Isle of Man in the 50, 100 and 200 butterfly at her second Commonwealth Games and after making her European short course debut last December has more confidence and experience than ever.

Emily Large pre-qualified in the women's 200m butterfly at the European Juniors last summer, where she smashed her PB and the Commonwealth Games qualifying time.

"The Games will only be my second senior meet so I'm aiming to make a final and soak up the atmosphere. I'm looking forward to watching swimming at such a high level and cheering on my teammates when I'm not racing. Plus I'm also really excited to visit Australia, so I can tick that off the bucket list!"

Molly Renshaw
Molly is going for gold in her 200m and 100m breaststroke events

Molly Renshaw will be swimming the 200m and maybe the 100m breastroke events out on the Golf Coast. She finished 3rd winning bronze in a time of 2.25.00 in Glasgow 2014. Molly is capable of much faster stuff now and wants to better that result.

Jocelyn Ulyett has also qualified in the women's 200m breaststroke at the World champs. Despite this being her Commonwealth Games debut, she is calm and unfazed, and is focusing on the process rather than the outcome.

"I think most athletes put pressure on themselves because they want to race their best, but it's about getting that balance. I have an amazing support team surrounding me who are always there if I need any help or have any stresses."

Watch out for the Gold medal battle between Jocelyn and Molly.

 Ellie Faulkner
Ellie (right) chilling poolside after a hard session in the pool

Ellie Faulkner swam a 200m freestyle PB to secure her place on Team England at the British Summer Nationals.

"I'm really looking forward to going to Australia, swimming outdoors and being part of Team England again. I can't wait to race the worlds best and give it my all, hopefully I'll bring back some medals too!"

Ellie will also be racing in the women's 4 x 200m freestyle relay as well as the 400m freestyle.

Holly Hibbott will swim the women's 800m freestyle and it looks like she'll join Ellie in both the relay and the 400m freestyle.

"I'm super excited about racing at a multi sport event where I can gain some more experience at world class level, and watch and cheer on some of other Team England competitors in other sports as well."

Aimee Willmott
Aimee is Team England ambassador!

Team England ambassador Aimee Willmott snapped up her spot on the team after finishing 1st in both the women's 200m and 400m individual medley, swimming under the qualifying times at the recent winter long course.

"I'm so happy to have qualified for my third Commonwealth Games. I finished second in the 400 IM last time so I'm aiming for another podium finish this time round and a gold medal would be very nice! To have the opportunity to race in Australia at such a major meet is really exciting, they love sport and I'm sure the event will be spectacular!"

Abbie Wood also qualified at Winter Long Course and will swim both the 200m and 400m individual medley alongside Aimee.

Rosie and Abbie
Rosie (left) & Abbie (right) showing us their favourite swimwear prints on pool deck.

"If I start overthinking the fact I could swim well I just swim rubbish so I'm going to stick to what I know, stay chilled before I race and enjoy it."

Rosie Rudin finished second in the 400m individual medley also under the QT which means that there is a total of nine English swimmers that will be flying the Funkita #F-Team flag as well as team England's.

Jessica Jackson has qualified for the women's 4 x 100m freestyle relay and will make her senior international debut for Team England. The relay team has a great chance of picking up a medal so keep an eye out for Ellie who may also be joining her on the podium. Fingers crossed.


Aimee Willmott, Abbie Wood, Ellie Faulkner, Elliot Clogg, Emily Large, Holly Hibbott, Jacob Peters, Jessica Jackson, Jocelyn Ulyett, Joe Litchfield, Max Litchfield, Molly Renshaw & Rosie Rudin


Kathleen Dawson


Charlotte Atkinson

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