Celtic Tri Nations to showcase Welsh talent

Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Jemma Lowe and Olympic silver medallist David Davies are among a squad of 29 swimmers selected to compete for Wales at this month's Celtic Tri Nations Championships, to be held at the Wales National Pool, Swansea from the 27th to 29th May 2011.

It's the second time the event has come to Wales and it offers swim fans a rare chance to see some of the UK's most successful swimmers compete on home soil as they continue with the preparations for the London 2012 Olympics and beyond.Jemma Lowe

Up against swimmers from Scotland and Ireland will be a strong Welsh contingent and joining the more experienced members of the squad will be a wealth of young, up and coming talent such as Swansea-based swimmer Tom Allen who has enjoyed great form this year already. Earlier this month, he made huge strides towards selection for 2012 after booking himself a place at the World Open Water Championships in July.

Martyn Woodroffe, Swim Wales Performance Director, explains:

"It's a meet that we use to develop our next Commonwealth Games team, so half of the team will be quite experienced swimmers and the other half will be very young newcomers to the team. It's their first chance of swimming internationally which helps them get ready for Glasgow 2014."

And there are definitely some names to look out for, explains Woodroffe:

"We've got two very exciting young girls, Siwan Thomas-Howells and Barney (Ellena) Jones who have recently been selected by GB for the Youth Olympic Festival who will be trying to break into the senior team. Also a young girl called Chloe Tutton who's been selected for the European Junior Championships, it will be her first major international and then a whole host of boys that we've never seen swim on the international stage before."

"It's a very exciting meet and will be a good opportunity for people to come and see Olympians like David Davies and Jemma Lowe, albeit they won't be swimming in their best events, and the new talented young Welsh swimmers."

Initiated in 2006 to give swimmers experience of competing directly against other countries and swimmers, the Celtic Tri Nations will this year act as the perfect warm-up for the World Championships and Commonwealth Youth Games which for some of these swimmers are just around the corner.

Wales' squad for Celtic Tri Nations Championships:-

Tom Allen (from Flintshire, swims at Swansea Performance/Swansea ITC),

Charlotte Bryan (Swim Flintshire)

Joe Canlon Shaw (Loughborough University)

Bethan Davie (Tenby and District)

David Davies (City of Cardiff)

Fern Davies (Swim Swansea)

Thomas Godfrey (Swim Swansea)

Tilly Gray (Loughborough University)

Alex Gregory (Plymouth Leander)

Thomas Haffield (City of Cardiff)

Sian Harkin (Plymouth Leander)

Emilie James (Bridgend County)

Matt Jayne (Abertillery)

Ellena Jones (Swim Swansea)

Ieuan Lloyd (City of Cardiff)

Sara Lougher (from Bridgend, swims at Swansea Performance/Swansea ITC)

Jemma Lowe (Swansea Performance/Swansea ITC)

Hannah McCarthy (Gloucester City)

Sian Morgan (City of Bradford)

Rory Pardoe (Torfaen County)

Lewis Smith (Swim Flintshire)

Liz Smith (City of Newport)

Danielle Stirrat (City of Cardiff)

Oliver Tennant (Swim Swansea)

Alys Thomas (Swansea Performance/Swansea ITC)

Hywellis Thomas-Howells (Swim Swansea)

Siwan Thomas - Howells (Swim Swansea)

Chloe Tutton (City of Cardiff)

Dan Woods (Torfaen County)

Tickets starts at just £2.50 per person and are available at http://www.welshasa.co.uk/store.asp?cid=6 so come along and show your support!

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