One City of Sheffield Swimmer replaces another for Team England’s 2018 Commonwealth Games Team

Nick Grainger, from City of Sheffield, will be heading to the Gold Coast next month as part of Team England’s 2018 Commonwealth Games swimming squad.

His fellow club team mate, Max Litchfield, has unfortunately withdrawn from the swimming team as a result of a recent problem with his shoulder. Despite responding well to treatment, the 22-year-old has decided he will not be ready to compete at his best on the Gold Coast in April. His season target will now be to prepare for full fitness by the summer.

Commenting on the decision, Max said: “I’m disappointed not to be attending the Commonwealth Games, but at the moment my focus has to be on my shoulder rehabilitation and looking ahead to Tokyo in two years’ time.

“I would like to thank everyone at my club and within the British Swimming and Swim England set-up who have been supporting me during this time and wish the team the best of luck on the Gold Coast.”

Swimming Team Leader, Grant Robins, said: “Max has been receiving regular physiotherapy in the hope that he would be able to compete at the Commonwealth Games, but unfortunately medical advice is that he does not take part.

“Although this is sad news for the team, this is the best option for Max and his long term future in swimming and we wish him well in his ongoing recovery.”

Nick made his Commonwealth debut in 2014 where he earned his place in the final of the 200m Freestyle and helped the 4x200m Freestyle Relay team to a fourth place finish.

At the 2017 FINA World Swimming Championships, Nick was part of the gold-winning 4×200 Freestyle Relay team with James Guy, Stephen Milne and Duncan Scott.

Commenting on joining the Team England swimming team, the 23-year old said: “I am really pleased to be included in the team. I’m obviously devastated for my team mate Max, but I’m in good shape and am looking forward racing on the Gold Coast’.

“This will be my second Commonwealth Games. I was due to be competing next month anyway, so I’ve been training and am ready to do my best for my country.”

Grant Robins, said: “We are pleased Nick is able to join us on the Gold Coast. Having competed at Glasgow 2014 and the World Championships last year, Nick has experience of multi-sport games which will be great to share with the rest of the team.”

The Team England Swimming team heads to Australia at the end of March. The Commonwealth Games opening ceremony takes place on 4 April, with the swimming competition taking place in the Optus Aquatic Centre from 5-10 April 2018.