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F-Teamers named on National Programmes

31 October 2019

 UK F-Teamer
UK F-Teamer Aimee Wilmott is no stranger to the hard work and determination that goes into preparation for an Olympic Games

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are fast approaching and many of our UK and Irish athletes have been named on National Programmes. Athletes selected on the programmes are eligible to receive training camp and competition opportunities throughout the season, as well as access to world class sports science and medicine services.

F-Teamers Aimee Willmott and Georgia Coates are no stranger to competing at Olympic level, with both athletes developing through National Programmes in the past. This year, many F-Teamers will be following in their footsteps and training hard for what could be Olympic success.

 UK F-Teamer
F-Teamer Laura Stephens taking some time out of her busy swim schedule.

British Swimming, the governing body for UK and Northern Ireland has identified Butterfly queen Laura Stephens as a Podium athlete. At the recent World Championships, Laura raced against some notable competition finishing 8th in the women's 200 metre Butterfly.

 UK F-Teamers
F-Teamers Freya Colbert and Katie Shanahan performed well at European Juniors earlier this year

Freya Colbert and Katie Shanahan have been named on the list of British Podium Potential athletes after their stand out performances at the European Junior Championships in Kazan, Russia in July. F-Teamer Ciara Schlosshan is also part of the squad.

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F-Teamer Ellen Walshe will be swimming with Irelands National Squad in 2020

After her senior debut at the World Championships in Gwangju in August, Ellen Walshe alongside former F-Teamer Mona McSharry, has been accepted into Swim Ireland's National Squad for 2020. This is an impressive achievement given only 4 females were selected.

Following a very successful 2019 season, England Talent has also identified Honey Osrin as a potential superstar. Athletes aged from 11 to 19 are involved in four stages of development from the initial program all the way to the performance squad. Honey swam an amazing 200m Backstroke at the European Junior Championships clocking an impressive 2.10.30 at just 16 years of age. Fellow Backstroke swimmer Chloe Golding, who won a bronze medal at the 2019 World University Games, has also been accepted into the program. F-Teamers Sophie Freeman, Leah Crisp, Mia Slevin and Amy Bell are also part of the Swim England Performance pathway for 2019-2020.

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F-Teamers Harriet West and Kat Greenslade in their Funkitas

Harriet West and Kat Greenslade are amongst the list of Welsh F-Teamers named as part of the Swim Wales National Squad for the second year running. Both athletes swam at the 2018 Commonwealth Games where Kat won a bronze medal in the women's 4x100 medley relay.

Scottish Swimming have named three F-Teamers on various National Programmes. Tain Bruce has been selected for the Silver Squad, while Katie Shanahan and Katie Goodburn have been identified on the Scottish Youth Squads.

To keep an eye on our UK and Irish F-Teamers this upcoming season and follow their success, make sure you follow Funkita UK & Ireland on social media below.

Good luck to our Funkita F-Teamers!

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