Amy preparing for Games after call-up

England expects: Amy Smith is going to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

England expects: Amy Smith is going to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

First published in Sport

SWIMMER Amy Smith has set her sights high for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games after her place on the England squad was confirmed this week.

The 26-year-old has been selected for the 39-strong squad which will compete in the tournament which runs between July 23 and August 4.

This is the third time she has raced at the Games after appearing in Melbourne and Delohi but is aiming to make this her best yet.

She gave an impressive performance at the recent British Championships, which was also a qualifying tournament.

Although she did not achieve a qualifying time her place on the squad was approved by the English Commonwealth committee.

Smith had come second in the 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly and third in the 50m freestyle.

“At this stage my biggest chance for success is the 50m butterfly. It’s not an Olympic event but in Commonwealth standings I am ranked third so I would like to win a medal.”

Team leader for England’s swimmers in Glasgow will be Dawn Peart, who believes the team of 2014 is ideally prepared to meet the challenge.

She said: “I am excited about England’s prospects given the balance of experienced swimmers and newcomers on the team.

“It is a performance focused team that has been selected with realistic opportunities for success.”

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