Hatfield Duo Earn Euro Games Call Up

  • April 24, 2015
izzy dean  Martyn medal

 izzy dean  Martyn medal

Hatfield’s Martyn Walton and Izzy Dean are celebrating today after being named in the Great Britain team for the inaugural European Games in Baku in June. Walton will form part of a 24 strong swimming squad where he will likely contend the freestyle and medley events as well as the relays, while Dean will captain the women’s water polo team.
All of the swimmers are aged between 14 and 18, and for many this will be the first time they have competed at an international multi-sport event. The European Games will provide them with experience of representing their country and prepare them for senior international events in the future.

Tim Jones, British Swimming Head of Performance Pathway, said: “We are extremely pleased to be able to announce such a strong team for Baku, which includes a number of swimmers who have previous medal winning form from last year’s European Junior Championships. To be part of a high profile, multi-sport Games will be a particularly valuable experience and I am sure this event will play an integral part in the longer journey they will all take towards future senior international success.”

The water polo event will be a 12-team tournament that will see British athletes take on Greece, Netherlands, Hungary, Germany and Israel in Group A.

Nick Buller, GB U17 head coach, said: “Since the qualifiers we have spent the last month working on tactics and preparing to face even tougher competition in Baku. The European Games will be a great opportunity for the athletes to take part in a multi-sport competition. We’re in a tough group with teams that train twice a day, but the athletes have been training hard and they are very determined to do well.”

Hatfield’s Head Coach Ian Wright added: “We are delighted for Martyn and Izzy to make the first ever European Games team. They are both on the rise in their respective disciplines and this opportunity will give them vital experience to reach even greater heights in the future.”