Commonwealth Games gold medallist Alys Thomas heads an all-star cast of 11 swimmers included in the Swim Wales National Senior Elite Squad for the 2018/19 season.
National Performance Director Ross Nicholas has named 114 swimmers and para-swimmers in seven talent groups as part of the Swim Wales National Squad Pathway.
The pathway is aimed at putting swimmers on the British Swimming pathway and achieving medal success at the major Games.
Another Commonwealth gold medalist, Georgia Davies, is also included in the top squad. She enjoyed a great summer, winning gold in the 50 metre backstroke and 4 x 100 medley relay at the European Championships.
“The 2017/18 season was a highly successful year on the international stage with significant medal success from Welsh swimmers at both the Commonwealth Games and European Championships,” said Nicholas.
“We hope that the programme activity in 2018/19 can contribute to continued international success and, at the same time, help our younger swimmers develop both their physical and mental skills as they progress as performance athletes.”
The Swim Wales National Squad Pathway is a four tiered squad system which is designed to provide progressive and appropriate training, education in relation to the development of World Class stroke technique and race skills, swimming specific physical and physiological development, winning psychological behaviours and performance lifestyle factors.
The four tiers of the pathway are (a) National Skills Academy and Para Skills Academy, (b) National Youth and Para Youth Development, (c) National Elite and Para Elite Development, (d) National Senior and Para Elite.
SWIM WALES NATIONAL PROGRAMME ATHLETES FOR 2018/19
National Senior Elite
Kathryn Greenslade, Georgia Davies, Chloe Tutton, Alys Thomas, Harriet Jones, Harriet West, Calum Jarvis, Daniel Jervis, Xavier Castelli, Joseph Clark, Daniel Jones
National Elite Development
Medi Harris, Alisha Hawkins, Rebecca Sutton, Elena Morgan, Megan Allison, Erin Davies, Matthew Richards, Ioan Evans, Joseph Small, Kyle Booth, Lewis Fraser, Connor Bryan, James Lewis
National Para Elite Development
Dylan Broom, Rhys Davies, Jack Thomas, Alex Rosser, Chloe Davies
National Youth Development
Rebecca De Torres, Chloe Pritchard, Madison Lovell, Amy Shelton, Scarlett Major, Molly Martin, Gabrielle Melbourne-Smith, Ciara Morris, Martyna Ruszkowska, Alex Griffiths, Dylan Gallagher, Kameron Clarke, Huw Williams, Rhodri Williams, Benjamin Chooyin, Rhys Edwards, Cole Hewitt, Zachariah Speakman, Theo Savva, Bradley Newman, Owen Richards, Jack Llewellyn, Daniel Marotta, Brandon Budd-Thomas
National Para Youth Development
Seren LeConte, Rebecca Lewis
National Skills Academy
Millie Patterson, Dylan Morgan, Libby Broder, Holly Greenslade, Ben Merriman, Charlotte Erasmas, Tamzin Stride, Cerys Rosser, Lili Illman, Jessica Dickinson, Sienna Burgess, Antonio Rodriguez, Aneurin Davies, Toby Cole, Kara Pritchard, Cerys Davies, Kasey Allen-Ridge, Jean-Luc Lovell-Pascal, Bruce Chen-Callcott, Thomas Halliwell, Rory Andrews, Henry White, Hans Schmidt, Caera Lewis, Harriet Edge, James Park, Sofia Chayka, Phoebe Williams-Jones, Sophie Brassington, Georgia Iles, Ruby Stevens, Rhydian Arch, Cian Hughes, Joshua O’Brien, Cai Wardhaugh, Jacob Wakeling, Kaden Edwards, Carys Graville, Arwen Stephens, Isabel Joseph, Gianni Davies, Millie Mulligan, Emily Jones, Emily Williams, Trinity Love, Bethan Evans, Sophie Govan, Gareth Davies, Tyler Melbourne-Smith, Kirsty Fuge, JJ Wilde
National Para Skills Academy
Megan Willis, Cerys Jones, Jordan Quinn, Reilly Shanaghan, Bethan Eckley, Toben Durrant, Ffion Butler, Tom Piggott