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Swim Wales reflect on one of the most successful years in our history

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As this Olympic 2021 season approaches its conclusion, Swim Wales would like to congratulate and thanks all of our elite swimmers, coaches, sports science and medicine practitioners and key partners for helping to make this year one of the most successful in our history.

It has without doubt been the most challenging year that we have faced in our sport and the performances from our elite swimmers this season have been truly inspirational. They have shown strength and resilience throughout, and Swim Wales would like to congratulate all of them on some truly memorable performances.

  • A record 6 Welsh Swimmers selected to the British Olympic Team – biggest representation in our history
  • 7 Welsh Swimmers achieving individual Olympic Qualifying times at the Olympic Trials in London
  • Our biggest ever proportional representation on a GB Olympic Team – 20% of the total swimming team were Welsh
  • 2 Olympic Gold Medallists (Matt Richards and Calum Jarvis) – first ever Olympic Gold medal in the pool since 1912
  • 2 individual Olympic Finalists (Daniel Jervis and Alys Thomas)
  • 8 swimmers achieving Individual Commonwealth Games nomination standards so far with 8 months of the window still to run.
  • 5 new Welsh Senior Records set

Behind every success lies a team of coaches and practitioners who dedicate their lives to supporting excellence. Swim Wales would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the journey of these athletes, but a particular mention must go to the teams at the Swim Wales High Performance Centre and Bath National Centre who have supported and guided the six Olympic swimmers throughout this last year. 

We would also like to say a massive congratulations to British Swimming and Team GB on a phenomenal performance out in Tokyo, and thank all of our key partners – Sport Wales, Team Wales, Scottish Swimming and Swim England for their collaboration and support.

A special thank you must also go to our facility partners, Wales National Pool Swansea and Newport Live, who have enabled our elite swimmers to train throughout the pandemic.

Finally we would like to wish all of our clubs and swimmers competing in the Festival of Swimming this week the very best of luck. We hope the performances out in Tokyo have inspired you as you return to your first live competition for over 18 months.

Fergus Feeney (CEO, Swim Wales) and Ross Nicholas (NPD, Swim Wales)