SWIMMERS SELECTED FOR TEAM WALES PARA SQUAD FOR GOLD COAST 2018
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The selection of two para swimmers was today confirmed by Commonwealth Games Wales, completing the Team Wales squad of para-athletes heading out to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April.
Swimmers Jack Thomas and Alex Rosser have both been selected to represent Wales in the men’s 200m freestyle event (S14 category).
Jack won bronze in the 200m freestyle S14 event at Glasgow 2014 and went on to secure two silver medals at the European Championships in Eindhoven in the 100m Backstroke and 200m Individual medley as well as a bronze in the 200m free. Originally from Swansea, Jack now trains at the Swim Wales Performance Club Swim Conwy with coach Chris Davies.
Alex, 21 from Torfaen, started competing at the age of 7 following in the footsteps of his parents who were both international swimmers. The pinnacle of his career to date is finishing fourth in the World Para Swimming Series in Berlin in July this year. Alex is currently studying for a Sport and Exercise Science degree at Swansea University and trains in the Swim Wales Performance Club Swansea Aquatics under coach Christian Whelan.
Ross Nicholas, National Peformance Director at Swim Wales said: “I am delighted to receive the notification that para swimmers Jack Thomas and Alex Rosser have been selected to represent Team Wales at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in the S14 200m Freestyle event. Both athletes fully deserve their selection following excellent seasons in 2017. This will be a second Games for Jack, following his medal winning performance in Glasgow, and he will be fully focused on preparing himself in the best possible way to once again challenge for a podium place in 2018. Alex will be making his debut at the Games and it is exciting that Wales will have two Para Swimmers capable of challenging the best from the Commonwealth on the Gold Coast.”