Current Millfield students and OM’s have been amongst participants in the recent British Swimming Selection Trials. James Guy (2008-2016), Brodie Williams (2013-2020) and Kieran Bird (2016-2018) all set an Olympic standard and qualified for Team GB at Tokyo whilst Danilo Rosafio (2018-2020) qualified for Kenya. With four OM qualifiers already, this is the highest number of swimming Olympians at one Games since 1988.
Millfield’s Director of Swimming Euan Dale said, “Having worked with all of these former students, I know that they will embrace the Olympic arena and do their countries proud. It fills our swimming community with such pride to see our former students transitioning into senior swimming, becoming Olympians and enjoying the journey.”
Millfield is recognised as one of the top swimming programmes in Great Britain, with some of the most impressive training facilities of any school in the country, including a 50m Olympic pool built to FINA/AASA standards. The programme continually produces international, national and regional champions year on year. Along the way, swimmers learn lifelong skills such as effective time management, dedication and goal setting – all of which transfer to successful adult life.
Double Olympic medallist James Guy said “I don’t know where I would be today without Millfield. I really learnt to keep going, keep striving and never give up.” The school has produced 24 Olympians in its short history and has had a swimmer at every Olympic Games since 1968.
Selection trials are continuing to happen over the coming weeks and Millfield are hoping to see more OM’s secure places to represent their country.