Fran Halsall and Siobhan Marie O'Connor in England's Commonwealth Games swimming team
Last Updated: 13/05/14 8:22am
Siobhan Marie O'Connor: Named in England's Commonwealth Games swimming team
Sky Academy Sports Scholar Siobhan Marie O'Connor is part of a 39-strong swimming squad that will represent England at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer.
The two-time European junior champion has been rewarded for some fine recent performances at senior level which include two gold medals at the British Championships last month.
The venue for those Championships, the Tollcross International Aquatic Centre, is the arena which will host the Commonwealth Games event from July 24-29.
O'Connor is one of a number of swimmers to make their Commonwealth Games debut this summer and team leader Dawn Peart believes England have the right blend of youth and experience.
"I am looking forward to leading the England swimming team in Glasgow and am excited about England's prospects given the balance of experienced swimmers and newcomers on the team," she said.
"It is a performance-focused team that has been selected with realistic opportunities for success while, for some of the younger swimmers, it will be an opportunity for them to make their first mark at international level.
"Competition in Glasgow promises to be very strong with representations from Scotland and Wales together with major challengers from Australia, Canada and South Africa. This should give rise to some exciting races and we will work hard as a team to make England proud."
England Chef de Mission Jan Patterson said: "This is a really exciting squad of swimmers who will be looking to continue the fine tradition their sport has of performing well under the flag of St George at the Commonwealth Games.
"I'd like to congratulate them all on their selection, welcome them to Team England and wish them all the very best for their final preparations leading to Glasgow."
The team features experienced swimmers including double Commonwealth champion Liam Tancock, Paralympic champion Ollie Hynd and Halsall, who won five medals in Delhi four years ago.
Halsall will participate in her third Commonwealth Games and is aiming to add to her collection of seven Commonwealth medals to date.
"It's great to be going to another Commonwealth Games as part of Team England," she said. "I'm sure Glasgow will put on a fantastic show and these Games will continue to be a good experience for me.
"I've swam quite fast at this event previously and I'll be looking to improve on that. It's going to be another good marker two years out from the next Olympics. It'll show where we are, how we're doing and how you deal with a multi-sport games environment."