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Wizards of Oz off to Commonwealth Games

Posted onPosted on 7th Jan

Three local swimmers have been selected for the Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Para-swimming grand slam holder Ollie Hynd will be heading to the Gold Coast in April hoping to successfuly defend his Commonwealth Games title after winning the SM8 200m individual medley in Glasgow in 2014.

Clipstone’s Elliot Clogg (pictured) and Selston’s Molly Renshaw have also been selected by Team England.

Elliot, 18, a record-breaking junior who trains at the National Training Centre in Loughborough, is making the transition to senior swimming and the Games will be his first senior event for his country.

He holds the British junior records for the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke in a 25-metre pool as well as the English junior record for the 100m freestyle.

Elliot, who is supported by Ron Brooks Toyota Mansfield, and the Armchair Club in Mansfield, said he was proud to have been chosen.

His selection followed success in 2017 at the British Championships, World Junior Championships and the Commonwealth Trials.

Hynd, of Kirkby, who is coached by Mansfield District Council’s swimming development officer, Glenn Smith, at Nova Centurion SC, has been selected for Team England at the Games on the Gold Coast.

It will be Ollie’s second appearance at the Commonwealth Games after winning gold in the SM8 200m individual medley in Glasgow in 2014.

Ollie, who will be competing in the same event in Australia, is one of a few athletes to hold the para-swimming grand slam — Paralympic, world, European and Commonwealth titles.

The 23-year-old currently holds world records in the 200m and 400m freestyle (S8) as well as the SM8 200m individual medley.

Hynd said: “I am very proud to be selected for my second Commonwealth Games, it’s a great privilege to represent Team England.

“I can’t wait to get out to Gold Coast and experience the amazing atmosphere of the Games.

“In the pool, I’ve been working very hard to be in the best shape possible to try to defend the title I gained four years ago in Glasgow.”

Glenn added: “This is another incredible honour for Ollie, and is testament to his incredible work ethic, drive and ambition. We wish him every success in Australia.

“It’s also a great honour for Mansfield District Council, Nova Centurion SC and Nottinghamshire Amateur Swimming Association, to have Ollie selected for a second time and I’m sure everyone will pass on their best wishes in the coming days and weeks.

“He’s really looking forward to it and is ready to show the world what he’s capable of once again.”

Coun Andrew Tristram, portfolio holder for environment and wellbeing at Mansfield District Council, said: “We are very proud of all of Ollie’s achievements so far and on behalf of everyone at the council and across the district, I would like to wish him the very best of luck at GC2108. We will be supporting him all the way.”

Ollie had a fantastic British Summer Championships in July 2017, smashing his own S8 category world record in the 400m freestyle in a time two seconds faster than he swam in the Rio 2016 Paralympic final.

That earned him gold in the multi-class event and he also posted the number-one ranked time in the world in the SM8 200m individual medley, which also earned him gold.