Meet Great Britain’s Deaflympics 2017 Swimming Squad

Meet Great Britain’s Deaflympics 2017 Swimming Squad

The 2017 Summer Deaflympics in Turkey are just around the corner, set to kick off on July 18th, and Great Britain’s team is in full preparation mode. Given that it’s summer and we all like swimming, even if we don’t practice it at an elite level, today we thought of presenting you the GB squad that will be competing in swimming at the international championship.

First of all, I would like to mention that most of them are part of the Great Britain Deaf Swimming Club, which is open to all British hearing impaired swimmers as long they are registered with Swim England / WASA or SASA. The club organises Deaf Championships and uses them as selection trials to allow coaches to identify teams to represent Great Britain at International competitions.

In this year’s Deaflympics in Samsun, twelve talented swimmers will compete against their rivals from another 80 countries. They are Tom Baxter, Jack McComish, Oliver Kenny, Sam Merritt, Nathan Young, Matt Oaten, Kieran Holdbrook, Danii Joyce, Jasmine Seamarks, Shiona McClafferty, Ciara Tappenden, Lucy Sharp.

Some of them are experienced swimmers who already have some medals under their belts at British and European competitions, while others are first-time contenders at such an event, now making their international debut.

Tom Baxter, for instance, is selected for the Deaflympics Games for the third time in his swimming career, while for Jack McComish and Oliver Kenny, this is the second time competing at the event. For younger members like Lucy Sharp, Ciara Tappenden and  Shiona McClafferty, this is their first major championship, but we trust they will live up to expectations and represent Great Britain with honour.

We wish them all the best of luck!