Young Leander trio join Proud in Great Britain’s European Champs squad

Ben Proud

PLYMOUTH Tom FannonLeander youngsters Tom Fannon, Jessica Jackson and Laura Stephens will join Rio-bound Ben Proud at next month’s LEN European Championships in London.

The young trio are part of 16 Target Tokyo swimmers who will link-up with Great Britain’s 2016 Olympic team at the home championship.

Former Plymouth College pupil Joe Hulme is also part of the young 16, who British bosses hope will be pushing for medals at the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan.

“A home European Championships represents a great opportunity to expose athletes targeting the Tokyo Olympics to high level international competition,” explained Tim Jones, British Swimming head of performance pathway.

“We have selected 16 additional athletes for the British team who are on their development journey to Tokyo 2020 to ensure that we have our eyes on the future as well as a focus on Rio.”

British record holder Proud is one of 26 swimmers selected to represent Great Britain at this summer’s Olympic Games. All of those will compete in London. The European Championship run from May 16-22 at the London Aquatics Centre.

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