CITY of Coventry Swimming Club’s athletes have made a real splash recently, following international call-ups for seven of it’s members.
Great Britain under-17 women’s captain Amy Berry took on her fellow compatriot Ella Cotton of the under-19s in an exhibition match in Manchester on Saturday May 4, with Cotton’s older age group winning 12-7 in a hotly contested fixture.
Both players are hunting for international success with their respective sides, with Berry hoping to compete in the U17 European Championships later in the season, and Cotton targeting the U19 equivalent in 2020.
Jordan Elliot of England’s senior men’s side then took part in the 16-7 win over Scotland that followed the previous game, and hopes to represent England at the EU Nations tournament in June, which is preceded by the World University Games in Naples a month later.
Elsewhere, fellow COCSC members Vicki Hawkins, captain of Coventry women’s side, Rhianne Oscroft and Charlotte Noble have all been selected to represent England in the EU Nations senior women’s tournament – which gets underway on Wednesday (May 22), through to Sunday (May 26) in Brno, Czech Republic.
Hawkins, an established international for both Great Britain and England will pass on her expertise to debutants Oscroft and Noble; whilst in the Scotland camp, Abbie Turner will make her senior debut for her country against England in the opening match of the tournament.
All six women will be back in action for Coventry, hoping to lift the British Championship at the finals in Cheltenham, taking place over the course of June 1st and 2nd.
Head coach Ian Elliot spoke highly of the club’s members receiving international recognition, and said: “Congratulations to all selected – it is fantastic to see so many athletes representing the club internationally and especially pleasing to see the progression of both our junior and senior players.
“It is a huge achievement to represent your country at any time and for Coventry to have seven athletes on the international stage in one month is inspiring to all at the club.”