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Plymouth Leander’s Beeley nominated to compete for Scotland at Commonwealth Games

PLYMOUTH Leander’s Tom Beeley is set to compete for Scotland at this summer’s Commonwealth Games.

The butterfly specialist is one of 33 swimmers, para-swimmers and divers that Scottish Swimming have nominated to Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS) to be considered for selection for the multi-sport event in Birmingham.

Beeley smashed his 200m butterfly personal best at the reach British Championship with a 1:58.60 swim. That was just 0.36 of a second off Scotland’s main qualifying mark, but it was close enough for him to be nominated through Commonwealth Games Scotland general policy.

He will also be able to offer relay cover in the 100m butterfly – an event he also set a new PB in at the recent British Championships.

Meanwhile, Plymouth diver Aidan Heslop is set to achieve a new first for Wales at this summer’s Commonwealth Games, which take place between July 28 and August 8.

Four years ago, Heslop, at the age of just 15, became Wales’ first Commonwealth Games diver for 20 years when he competed in the men’s individual event in Australia.

But this year he looks set to also compete in the inaugural mixed 10m synchro event with Dive London’s Ruby Thorne.

In the last few months, the pair have been trying to get the qualification score to be considered for selection for the new event.

They missed out on the score they needed at the National Cup in Plymouth and as guests at the recent British Elite Junior Championships.

But each time they have dived they have got better and they finally achieved the qualified mark at a Home Nations International Event in Sheffield.

They will now be put forward by Swim Wales to compete for Team Wales in Birmingham this summer.

Heslop, who is also likely to be put forward for the individual event at the Commonwealth Games, is facing a busy year after been named as a permanent diver for the 2022 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series.

In December the teenager won the FINA high diving world qualifier in Abu Dhabi, where he produced the world’s hardest dive.

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