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James bids to make a splash

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: January 17, 2013

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Millfield School's James Guy will join up with Britain's brightest young swimmers when they start the new year with a competition in Antwerp this weekend.

The 48-strong team, who are predominantly on British Swimming's development programme, will take part in the Flanders Speedo Cup as they get the 2013 season up and running.

Olympians Liam Tancock, Fran Halsall and Amy Smith will also travel out with the team to race for the first time since they joined the National Sprint Group under Coach James Gibson.

Event team leader Ciaran O'Brien says it will be a great way for the youngsters to blow away the Christmas cobwebs and focus on the new season ahead.

"The Flanders Cup will provide a quality racing opportunity against an international field, including some world-class competitors," he said.

"We are travelling with a large team who will take a no-compromise approach to the event, maximising the benefits of racing tough at this stage of the season as part of the preparation for opportunities and challenges that lie later in the year and throughout the quad cycle to Rio 2016."

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