Press Release: Lewis Clough selected for GB Junior Team
Lewis Clough spent the past week in Glasgow at the British Swimming Championships (11-17th April) which served as trials for the Rio Olympics and the GB Junior team. His performances in the 50, 100, 200 Freetstyle and 100 Butterfly in particular were considered strong enough to gain selection to the GB Junior Team that will compete at the European Junior Championships in Hozmezonasarhely, Hungary from 6th to 10th July 2016.
A total opf 26 athletes have been selected and 18 years old Lewis can consider himself amongst an elite gorup of swimmers in Great Britain. The Eccles College student who is studying for his A levels has trained with the Salford Community Leisure Competitive Training Scheme for over 4 years. From a fairly modest level of performane as a 13 year old Lewis progress accelerated very quickly from the age of 15 years and he became National Champion at 16 years old.
The City of Salford swimmer was chosen to represent England at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa last year and after winning medals for England he will be looking to repeat this achievement over in Hungary, this time wearing a GB hat.
Head Coach and Aquatic Development Manager in Salford, John Stout said:
"We are delighted for Lewis and this selection represents a further milestone in a career which has brought him much success. The Rio Olympics is a bit early for him but he is certainly talented enough to put himself in the selection frame for Tokyo in 2020".
Everyone at the City of Salford Swimming Club and Salford Community Leisure are very proud that we have again produced another GB swimmer. It is a strong testimony to the superb work done by our coaching set up in Salford that we continue to produce athletes who compete at the highest levels and represent their country. Lewis follows in the footsteps of Luke Wood, James Doolan, Heather Frederiksen and Danny Philips who were all selected to the GB Junior Team.
The City of Salford Swimming Club has a long history of producing International Swimmers since 1977 and there have been 25 Internationals between 2002 and 2016 which is an amazing achievement and fantastic recognition for the city.
Lewis has worked tremendously hard and his selection is well deserved. Part of his preparations involved a training camp in Torremolinos in Spain, his normal week will be three early morning sessions starting at 5.15am with a further five sessions in the pool and six dry land strength and conditioning sessions. An awful lot of hard work and dedication has gone into gaining GB selection and we are very proud of Lewis.
Further information can be found via the British Swimming website.