Plymouth Leander’s Stephens selected for GB altitude training camp in Arizona

StephensPLYMOUTH Leander’s Laura Stephens is one of 16 British swimmers who have been selected to travel to Arizona for a three-week altitude training camp.

The camp, held at the Hypo2 High Performance Sport Centre in Flagstaff, is the first in a series of 10 based at altitude in the run up to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

GB officials are targeting swimmers who compete at 200m or longer events with an optimal age and performance profile set to excel at the Tokyo Games.

“We believe there are some significant gains for a group of swimmers that we need to explore further and ultimately perfect ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Games,” said British Swimming’s national performance director Chris Spice.

“British Swimming will implement a testing programme prior to, during and post each altitude exposure to ensure we’re maximizing the positive effects such training can have on an athlete.

“Flagstaff is just the first in the 10-camp altitude programme. We will be holding two a year in October and then either January or February, for three weeks at a time.”

Plymouth College butterfly specialist Stephens, 17, has won individual medals at the European Games and European Junior Championships in the last 18 months and impressed at this year’s European Senior Championships. 

Double Olympic relay silver medallist Duncan Scott is also part of the squad that heads to Flagstaff this week.

GB swimmers selected for Flagstaff training camp

Charlie Attwood – National Centre Bath

Luke Davies – City of Birmingham SC

Luke Greenbank – City of Derby SC

Caleb Hughes – National Centre Loughborough

Daniel Jervis – City of Swansea Aquatics Club

Max Litchfield – City of Sheffield

Duncan Scott – University of Stirling

Tim Shuttleworth – National Centre Loughborough

Georgia Coates – City of Leeds

Kathleen Dawson – University of Stirling

Holly Hibbott – Stockport Metro SC

Katie Matts – Stockport Metro SC

Tazmin Pugh – Ellesmere College Titans

Rosie Rudin – City of Sheffield

Laura Stephens – Plymouth Leander SC

Abbie Wood – National Centre Loughborough


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