Swimming: Parkinson to represent England at Commonwealth Youth Games

Jarvis Parkinson
Jarvis Parkinson

Doncaster Dartes’ Jarvis Parkinson has been named in a 12-strong England swimming team to compete at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa later this year.

Parkinson, from Hatfield Woodhouse, impressed at the recent European Games in Baku by winning silver in the 200m individual medley - despite going into the competition with a shoulder injury.

The Commonwealth Youth Games take place from the 5-12 September.

The selection process for the athletes, all of whom are aged between 15 and 18, took place during the British Swimming qualification window.

England programmes team leader Grant Robins is hopeful his team of athletes will continue their good form.

He said: “The swimmers that have been selected have proven they have what it takes to compete at this level and will see this event as another stepping stone towards larger international competitions.

“This event is ideally placed for gaining experience for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

“I am very happy with the athletes selected,” he added.

“We will prepare professionally and I think they will all be going into the competition feeling confident and aiming to win medals.”

Parkinson is the reigning 200m IM British champion.

Dartes’ Joe Litchfield, who also represented Team GB in Baku, was shortlisted for Samoa but missed out on a place in the final 12.