Swimmers from the region named in national junior squad for the 2020-21 season

PLYMOUTH Leander, Mount Kelly and Dartmoor Darts all have swimmers included in the Swim England national junior squad for the 2020-21 season.

Seventy-one of the country’s top young up-and-coming talent have been included in the team.

Among those are Plymouth Leander’s James Hart, Maise Elliott, Elijah Kendrick and Reid Jones, who is now studying at Bath University, Dartmoor Darts’ Great Britain junior international Cameron Williams and Mount Kelly’s Erin Little and Macy Lawrence, who is now at Arkansas University.

The first national camp will take place online at the beginning of December and further online camps will be held in the new year until coronavirus restrictions have been lifted which allows for the resumption of competitive activity.

Grant Robins, Swim England’s head of talent, said: “The selections have been made with inclusion in mind. These unusual times and our method of delivery has also allowed us to be more flexible with numbers and criteria.

“It’s essential in these times that we stay engaged with our future performance potential. Using rankings, both long and short course as well as our event camps, has allowed us to be as inclusive as possible.

“This year has been particularly difficult to select this squad due to the lack of competitions but we believe there is a healthy blend of existing talent and new swimmers who have shown promising potential in the last 12 months.

“The decision has been taken earlier than usual to increase the numbers on our pathway and engage with more swimmers through the online approach.

“We have engaged with more than 600 swimmers and those selected demonstrate the thriving nature of our pathway activities.

“The goal of the online camps is to ensure that the swimmers have the necessary skills and behaviours so that they can look forward to a successful and enjoyable international swimming career.”

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