Aylesbury swimming trio aiming to make Olympic waves

Swimmers taking part in Oylimpic trials - l-r Liam O'Brien, Craig Gibbons and David Godridge, pictured at Aqua Vale in Aylesbury
Swimmers taking part in Oylimpic trials - l-r Liam O'Brien, Craig Gibbons and David Godridge, pictured at Aqua Vale in Aylesbury

A TERRIFIC trio of Aylesbury swimmers are taking part in the biggest race event in the country’s history as they bid for Olympic qualification.

Maxwell swimmers Craig Gibbons, 26, David Godridge, 18, and Liam O’Brien, 15, will be travelling to the Olympic Park and competing in the same event as household names such as Rebecca Adlington, Liam Tancock and Francesca Halsall in the The British Gas Swimming Championships 2012 Selection Trials.

Sunday March 4 will see Craig in action in his first event, the 100m backstroke. That is followed by the 100m freestyle on Tuesday, March 6, and the 50m freestyle on Thursday, March 8. David and Liam will join Craig on March 6.

Craig said: “I have seen a few photos of the new Olympic pool but I chose against going to see it before next week so it would feel fresh and exciting but it really does look incredible, everything about these trials will be bigger and better than anything swimming has witnessed before so to be a part of it is very exciting, I just can’t wait to get in and race.

“It’s been the best year of training I have ever done so I am going into this the most prepared and focused I have ever been.”

Kevin Brooks, the Aylesbury club’s head coach, said: “I’m delighted that the lads will be able to experience the trials in the new Olympic pool. For Gibbons this is an event which will decide whether he makes the GB team in London, or not. I have every confidence that he will; based on how he’s been training and competing recently.

“For Liam and David this will give them both that Olympic trials experience, to test themselves against the best of British.”