Sian Morgan named in Commonwealth Games swimming team

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Sian Morgan will again be flying the Commonwealth Games flag for Wales Sian Morgan will again be flying the Commonwealth Games flag for Wales

Former City of Bradford Swimming Club and Bradford Aquatics member Sian Morgan has been selected to represent Wales at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

She is one of only 20 athletes and para-athletes who have been selected to represent the country for the swimming events in Glasgow, which will run from July 23 to August 3.

Originally based in Ilkley, but currently in the second year of studying for a degree in zoology at The University of Edinburgh, Sian was a member of City of Bradford Swimming Club for 13 years from the age of five.

Coun Andrew Thornton, Bradford Council's executive member for environment and sport, said: "Sian was a City of Bradford swimmer as a youngster and I wish her well in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Her selection for the team should be an inspiration to other young swimmers here in Bradford ."

The talented swimmer previously represented Wales in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi at the age of 16, where she reached the semi-finals in the 100 metres butterfly and finished 11th in the 400m individual medley.

She will be hoping to better that position this time around, when she will again compete in the 4x100m individual medley, as well as the 4x100m freestyle event.

Sian is no stranger to success however, winning gold in the 2008 European Junior Championships in Prague in the 4x200m freestyle relay, and also claiming two bronzes and a silver at the 2011 Youth Commonwealth Games in the Isle Of Man.

The City of Bradford Swimming Club was formed in 1981 to take swimmers from Bradford Council’s swimming development scheme and train them to take part in competition at higher levels. It covers the whole of the Bradford district and offers the opportunity to train and compete at the highest levels.

With its professional coaching team, under senior coach Andy Pearce, it’s aim remains to provide opportunities for all the swimmers starting from the Winning Edge, which takes swimmers from the age of eight, and continuing right up to the National Potential squad, whose members train for up to 16 hours a week, and then on to Masters Swimming.

Over the years they have had swimmers compete at the very highest levels, including the Olympic Games.

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