Adam Peaty Among 53 On British Swimming World-Class Programme

Adam Peaty is among 53 athletes who have been selected for the British Swimming World-Class Programme (WCP) for the 2020-2021 season.

There is though no place for IMers Hannah Miley and Aimee Willmott – who boast four Olympic finals, eight European medals and the last three Commonwealth titles between them.

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Freya Anderson who has been selected for the World-Class Programme: Photo Courtesy: LEN

Neither is their fellow medley specialist Abbie Wood selected for the programme in a year in which the 2018 Commonwealth Games double finalist was on fine form, winning the 200IM at the McCullagh International in February ahead of Olympic silver medallist Siobhan O’Connor.

British Swimming based selection to the WCP on athletes’ past performances and recent form, as well as “a robust assessment of their ability to be successful at this and future Olympiads and World Championships,” they stated in a press release.

So too was the impact of COVID-19 and the subsequent cancellation of events taken into account.

Open water specialist Hector Pardoe, European junior 4×200 relay silver medallist Emma Russell and backstroker Jonathon Adam are among the new additions, whilst Cassie Wild – also a backstroke specialiast – returns to the programme.

Hector Pardoe

Photo Courtesy: Hector Pardoe Twitter

The athletes on the WCP are split across Podium and Podium Potential tiers and will receive benefits and targeted support from UK Sport through the World-Class Performance Programme’s Athlete Performance Award.

They also benefit in the form of training camps and competition along with access to sports science and medicine services as well as support from the British Swimming performance staff and national institute of sport programmes across the UK.

British Swimming national performance director Chris Spice, said:

“Due to the challenging circumstances since March this year we have managed to retain our key athletes on the World Class Programme for the coming season, and at the same time make room for some bright young talent coming through the pathway.

“We look forward to working with all programme athletes this coming season in order for them to be in the best possible shape to swim their best in the summer of 2021.”

World Class Programme 2020/21:


Freya Anderson, Bath NC (England)

Georgia Davies, Energy Standard (Wales)

Tom Dean, Bath NC (England)

Luke Greenbank, Loughborough NC (England)

James Guy, Bath NC (England)

Anna Hopkin, Loughborough NC (England)

Calum Jarvis, Bath NC (Wales)

Cameron Kurle, University of Stirling (England)

Max Litchfield, Loughborough NC (England)

Siobhan Marie O’Connor, Loughborough NC (England)

Scott McLay, University of Stirling (Scotland)

Adam Peaty, Loughborough NC (England)

Ben Proud, Energy Standard (England)

Molly Renshaw, Loughborough NC (England)

Duncan Scott, University of Stirling (Scotland)

Laura Stephens, Plymouth Leander (England)

Alys Thomas, Swim Swansea (Wales)

James Wilby, Loughborough NC (England)

Podium Potential

Jonathon Adam, Bath NC (England)

Kyle Booth, City Of Cardiff  (Wales)

Cameron Brooks-Clarke, City of Sheffield Swim Squad (England)

Charlie Brown, City of Sheffield Swim Squad (England)

Jack Burnell, Loughborough NC (England)

Greg Butler, Loughborough NC (England)

Freya Colbert, Nova Centurion SC (England)

David Cumberlidge, Edinburgh University (England)

Kathleen Dawson, University of Stirling (Scotland)

Alice Dearing, Loughborough University (England)

Michaella Glenister, University of Stirling (England)

Archie Goodburn, Loughborough NC (Scotland)

Holly Hibbott, Bath NC (England)

Charlie Hutchison, Loughborough NC (Scotland)

Daniel Jervis, Swim Swansea (Wales)

Emily Large, Bath NC (England)

Joe Litchfield, Loughborough NC (England)

Ed Mildred, Northampton SC (England)

Ross Murdoch, University of Stirling (Scotland)

David Murphy, Loughborough NC (England)

Hector Pardoe, Montpellier (England)

Jacob Peters, Bath NC (England)

Nick Pyle, University of Stirling (England)

Matt Richards, Bath NC (Wales)

Katie Robertson, Edinburgh University (Scotland)

Toby Robinson, Loughborough NC (England)

Emma Russell, Heart of Midlothian /University of Stirling (Scotland)

Ciara Schlosshan, Bath NC (England)

Katie Shanahan, City of Glasgow Swim Team (Scotland)

Chloe Tutton, City Of Cardiff  (Wales)

Kayla Van Der Merwe, Winchester City Penguins  (England)

Tamryn Van Selm, Millfield School (England)

Jacob Whittle, Derventio Excel (England)

Cassie Wild, University of Stirling (Scotland)

Brodie Williams, Bath NC (England)

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