Next generation set to make mark at European Juniors in Vilnius

3 May 2024

A strong team of Britain’s young swimmers will make their way to Lithuania for this summer’s European Junior Swimming Championships in Vilnius. 

Running from 2nd-7th July, the annual event showcases the best talent in the pool from across the continent born between 2006-2010, consistently providing a launch pad for athletes heading towards the sport’s senior European and global stages.

Strong performances in both the 2022 and 2023 editions saw the Aquatics GB teams take home 11 medals from each of those two consecutive meets, with this year’s collective hoping to continue the success in the Lithuanian capital.

The cohort features a number of swimmers who piqued attention at April’s Speedo Aquatics GB Swimming Championships in London, including 16-year-old breaststroker Max Morgan, who secured top-five finishes in both the Men’s 100m and 200m Breaststroke events at that meet to earn his maiden European Juniors selection.

Fifteen-year-old Amelie Blocksidge will return to the European Junior Championship stage after a silver on her debut in 2023, having turned heads as she was crowned a double national champion with victories in both the 1500m and 800m Freestyle in front of a roaring London crowd.

Others returning for the 2024 edition include double relay medallists from Belgrade, Phoebe Cooper and Skye Carter, as well as 50m Backstroke silver medallist Blythe Kinsman.

Looking ahead to what is always a hugely valuable and entertaining meet, Aquatics GB Head of Performance Development Alan Lynn said: “The European Junior Championships play a crucial role in the development pathway for our young athletes on their trajectory to senior teams and potential future successes at the pinnacle of the sport – and that means it is always a hugely exciting thing to be able to take teams as strong and versatile as this one to the event.

“We saw some brilliant performances from these swimmers at the recent Aquatics GB Swimming Championships, notable both because of the quality they showed in the arena and also how they delivered in front of packed crowds and such an intense competition environment – something that will stand them in good stead for future events.

Max Morgan 100m Breaststroke AGB Champs London 2024
Max Morgan

“With the Olympic and Paralympic Games following hot on the heels of this year’s European Juniors, myself and the whole staff team are excited to see what the future of Aquatics GB can do on the international stage. That goes for those who have already proved their medal-winning potential at this level, and those who have deservedly earned selection for the first time and will be looking to make the step up.”

Aquatics GB swimming team selected for the 2024 European Junior Swimming Championships, Vilnius (2nd-7th July)

David Annis, Royal Wolverhampton (England)

Charlotte Bianchi, City of Sheffield (England)

Amelie Blocksidge, City of Salford (England)

Jasmine Carter, Basildon & Phoenix (England)

Skye Carter, Basildon & Phoenix (England)

Conor Cherrington, Millfield (England)

Phoebe Cooper, City of Sheffield (England)

Evan Davidson, Perth City (Scotland)

Oscar Dodds, Leicester Sharks (England)

Dean Fearn, Aberdeen Dolphins (Scotland)

Nicholas Finch, Chelsea & Westminster (England)

Lucy Fox, Wycombe District (England)

Henry Gray, Chelsea & Westminster (England)

Luke Hornsey, Edinburgh University (Scotland)

Martyna Karabacz, Chelsea & Westminster (England)

Blythe Kinsman, Mount Kelly (England)

Stefan Krawiec, East Lothian (Scotland)

Suzie McNair, Stirling (Scotland)

Jacob Mills, City of Leicester (England)

Max Morgan, Reed’s School (England)

Filip Nowacki, Tigers Jersey (England)

Izabella Okaro, Repton (England)

Edie Price, Mount Kelly (England)

Sholah Robinson, City of Sheffield (England)

Gabriel Shepherd, City of Leeds (England)

Theodora Taylor, Torfaen Dolphins (Wales)

Edward Marcal Whittles, Chelsea & Westminster (England)

Hollie Widdows, Mount Kelly (England)

Hollie Wilson, City of Leeds (England)