GB swimmers looking to make a splash in Israel
Maccabi GB has selected the Team GB Swimming squads who will be aiming for gold at this summer’s 19th Maccabiah Games.
There will be six Junior athletes and two Open athletes competing. The side’s talent pool is overflowing, featuring some of the best young Jewish swimmers in the country.
The GB squad is double the size of that which competed at 2009 Maccabiah Games. However, although most of the swimmers have represented Team GB at either a JCC Games or European Maccabi Games, all eight will be competing at their maiden Maccabiah on July 18.
The Junior Girls Squad includes 2011 European Maccabi Games medallist, Hollie Fisher. Joining her are Chloe Jacobs, Elisha Kramer and Rachel Ayrton, with Robert Dos Santos and Daniel Schindler completing the Junior Boys. All six are JCC Maccabi Games medal-winners and will be hoping to draw upon this experience in Israel.
The Open Squad sees another joint-JCC Maccabi Games and European Maccabi Games medallist take to the water - Naomi Ayrton, older sister of Rachel.
Completing the line-up is possibly the team’s most experienced swimmer, Adam Warner – winner of the Brighton Pier-to-Pier Race 2012, as well as two Golds (800 and 1500m freestyle) and one Bronze (400m freestyle) at the British Gas Senior and Masters National Championships.
Injecting some much-needed experience and guidance to the Squad will be Team Manager, Abbi Pinnick. She has a plethora of Maccabiot under her belt, having won a Swimming Relay Bronze in 2001 and a Netball Silver from 2009. She has also overseen the Maccabi GB Swimming Squad at the JCC Maccabi Games 2010.
Speaking about expectations for her swimmers at the 19th Maccabiah Games, Pinnick, said, "Having represented my country before at the Maccabiah Games, I know that the Squad will have a fantastic time – it is my job to ensure they enjoy themselves and the whole experience.
"We have some very talented swimmers in both age groups and I’m excited to be part of Maccabi GB alongside them and other members of the Jewish Community from around the world."
TEAM GB MACCABIAH SWIMMING SQUAD:
Robert Dos Santos