We are very excited to see our very own Tiide Athletes in action at the Gold Coast 2018 commonwealth games! Read below for more information on Tom and Harriet who will be competing in the coming days.
For Harriet, the Commonwealth Games will mark her international senior debut. Competing in butterfly and backstroke events during her time on the Gold Coast.
For the Welsh woman being under the Gold Coast sun isn’t a new experience. At the start of 2017 as part of a Team Wales training camp Harriet spent a number of weeks under the blazing sun that Australia offers. This will put her in a great position especially for the backstroke events as swimming backstroke outdoors without crashing is quite an achievement!
Harriet, who trains at the University of Loughborough will be swimming the 50 and 100 backstroke as well as the 50 and 100 butterfly. As the Commonwealth Games holds semi-finals in the 50 and 100 distances this will be a perfect opportunity to have a great evening swim and race for places in the finals, which would truly put her name in the mix on the senior international stage.
For Tom the Commonwealth Games will provide him with his first taste of a senior major international competition. Fannon will be competing in the 50 freestyle.
For the sprint specialist this will be a great way to kick off his senior international career. Without some of the major sprinting nations such as Brazil and USA being part of the Commonwealth this really opens the door for Fannon to make an impact and get himself in and amongst the big hitters from Australia and Fannon’s old training partner, Ben Proud.
Fannon had trained along side the reigning champion for this event, before Proud moved to Turkey meaning that he has learnt from the fastest swimmer Britain has ever had! Lining in the same race as his former teammate would be a great way for Tom to kick off his international career. He will definitely be looking to get into the final of the 50 free and with his current personal best being enough to have claimed him a medal at the 2014 games he might even have his eye on a medal!
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