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GUY LINKS UP WITH ATLANTIS TO BOOST COMMONWEALTH DREAM

9th March 2010

Swimmer Guy Sherwin has returned to his roots in a bid to realise his dream of swimming for England at this year's Commonwealth Games in Delhi in October.

Guy is an out and out sprinter and his best chance for selection in the individual events is the 50m free, with three places up for grabs in each event. In the 100m free he hopes to make the top four and secure a place on the relay team.

The first trials begin at the end of March, and there are further opportunities to qualify at the National Swimming Championships in August, and the European Long Course Championships.

Guy is gearing his training programme to target the Nationals. He has been spending the first two months' of the year working on a very technical and skill based programme, with the focus on pure speed. He is now entering a new phase where the emphasis is on increasing the intensity and volume of training. Hence his decision to link-up with Bill Penny - who has coached over 60 international and Olympic swimmers - and his ambitious young squad.

As Guy explains: "The new structure and intensity of training at the club is of a high enough level to facilitate outstanding performance. I'm confident that Bill has the skills and experience to help me achieve my goals for this year. I'm also really impressed by the positive attitude and work ethic of the Atlantis swimmers, which contributes to a great training atmosphere similar to what I have experienced in the last couple of years at top performance centres such as Bath, Hatfield and Stockport".

Guy was a pupil at Tanbridge House School and learnt to swim with Atlantis from the ages of 10 - 13, before drifting away from the sport for 7 years. His father Nick continues to swim competitively as an Atlantis Master. And Guy himself turns out regularly for the Atlantis National Arena and Sussex League squads.

In his first season back in competitive swimming in 2005, Guy qualified for the Nationals. A year later he had broken for the first time 50 secs for 100m free short course and come 5th in the 50m free at the 2006 Nationals, earning a place at the University of Bath Performance Centre training alongside Olympic finalists, Commonwealth Champions and world record holders. "It was crazy!" admits Guy. During this period he raced the then reigning double Olympic champion, Pieter Van Den Hoogenband, won gold in the 50m free at the British University Championships in a time of 22.30 and was part of the Bath team that won the overall British University title. In 2007 Guy finished fifth in the 50m free at the British Championships in a field that included two French Olympians, and was the third fastest Briton.

Since leaving Bath, Guy has been studying for a physiotherapy degree at the University of Hertfordshire, where he swam with Hatfield Swimming Club. His performances for Hatfield earned him a place at one of the 5 British Intensive Training Centre set up for "athletes identified as having the talent to medal at the 2012 Olympics". Guy spent 4 months attached to the Stockport ITC, working with a specialist sprint coach.

Comment on Guy's decision to link up with his squad Bill Penny said "We are happy to help Guy in whatever way we can.  Hopefully some of his experience and know-how will rub off on our young swimmers.  His decision is a recognition of the progress Atlantis has made in recent years".

For further information contact: Andrew Dunlop 07710 352023