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.
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.
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.”