Swimming - We Are England


Always on the Games' sports programme and never to be missed with great rivalry between England, Australia and Canada.

A highly demanding sport to compete in and an intensely exciting and nail-biting sport to watch. A fraction of a second or one fierce exhalation can literally make all the difference between winning and losing. Whilst swimming is a core sport, synchronised swimming at the Games is optional and first featured on the sports programme in 1986.

For England it truly is a sport that has seen some amazing names - Rebecca Adlington (2010), Joyce Cooper ('30), Mark Foster ('86, '90, '94, '98, '02, '06), Fran Halsall ('06, '10), Adrian Moorhouse ('82, '86, '90) to name just five, and over the years England's teams have brought home a large number of medals.

England hero Karen Pickering is the nation's most decorated female athlete, and prior to 2006 had the highest overall individual medal tally, thanks to 12 years of outstanding performances and four gold, seven silver and two bronze medals.

Anita Lonsbrough at the age of just 17 made headlines for England when she won two gold medals at the 1958 Games in Cardiff. Four years later despite the threat of an Australian team on home soil she won a further three to claim her place in Games history.

Did you know: Zoe Baker set a world record in the heats of the 50m breaststoke when competing at the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games. She then went on to claim a gold medal in the final.

The governing body for England's swimming team is The Amateur Swimming Association.