FOUR teenagers have been added to Team Jersey’s squad for the upcoming Commonwealth Games – completing the selection process for Birmingham 2022.
Swimmers Jack Allen, Lily Scott and Ollie Brehaut are set to dive into action at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre next month and cyclist Zack Hamon, who claimed a top-ten finish at a National B event in Devon last month, will line up for the road race.
Scott – winner of the women’s 17-and-over 200m freestyle title at the 2022 South East Regional Championships – joins the likes of Gold Coast 2018 athletes Gemma Atherley and Harry Shalamon in the pool, while the selection of two further male swimmers opens the door to a potential relay entry for the first time since Melbourne 2006.
The inclusion of Australia-based Brehaut also ensures that Jersey will have two Oceanic representatives competing in red and white, following the selection of New Zealand sprinter Zachary Saunders – the grandson of Caesarean Martin Hebden.
The latest additions take Jersey’s swimming and cycling teams up to seven athletes apiece, as part of a 28-strong squad covering eight sports. The Island had been allocated 32 athlete spaces in total.
Paul du Feu, Team Jersey’s Continuum Pathway performance manager, said: ‘The validation sub-committee met this week to review the final tranche of athletes. Both sports’ team managers were delighted to have these extra team members to add strength to the road race squad and open up the possibilities of having relay teams in the pool.
‘I congratulate all those who’ve been selected for Birmingham 2022, and thank all those athletes who’ve been on our Continuum Pathway.’
The Commonwealth Games begins on 28 July and continues until 8 August.