Team GB is looking strong for Rio 2016 with many household names and medal winners returning to the Games to represent us. But there’s a high number of new, young and very talented sportsfolk that have been recruited to the squad for the Rio Games.
We’ve chosen a few for you to look out for as we’re confident they’ve got a good chance of getting a place on the podium this summer.
Team GB Rio 2016 Hopefuls
There are a wealth of young swimmers competing in their first Olympics for Team GB this year and Scott, from Glasgow, has already had his share of glory. He hit the spotlight in the 2014 Commonwealth Games where he helped Team Scotland in the 4X200m freestyle rally and then got a solo gold for his strong swim in the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing.
Last year we think he had to pay excess luggage to cope with the six medals on his journey home from the European games in Baku which included golds for the 100m and 200m freestyle events.
This 19-year-old is definitely going to make a splash in Rio!
Georgia started swimming as a hobby but her talent for speed and technique were soon picked up and before she knew it she was blending school work with training sessions and dovetailing a GCSE exam in between races at the European Games last year.
Georgia’s team GB life began in 2013 when she was just 14 years old at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Utrecht. Her medal haul is an impressive two silvers and three bronzes and odds are she’ll be adding more to the list in Rio 2016.
Birmingham boy Joe is in the gymnastic squad, one of our strongest areas in 2012 so there’s going to be a fair bit of focus on the newcomer to the team. Having said that he was European Team Champ in 2014 and overall gold medal winner at the 2015 European Youth Olympic Festival getting gongs for parallel bars (gold), pommel horse (silver) and rings (bronze).
His all-round excellence suggests Rio 2016 is just the beginning of his Olympic journey.
Tipped as the next Tom Daley, 19-year-old Heatly from Winchester was the youngest competitor at the 2014 Commonwealth Games so he has already earned his stripes to some extent. Heatly won the bronze for the 3m synchro dive event at the last National Cup, having secured a Gold at the same event last year. At the European Games he added to his haul with a gold for the 3m, silver for the 3m synchro and bronze for the 1m events.
Diving is in Heatly’s DNA, his Grandfather who was also a diving Olympian and three-times Commonwealth Champion. So with that sporting heritage we’ll be full of confidence when he takes the plunge.
Another teenage Olympic dream comes in the shape of Steel from Harlow. And after the Rio 2016 Games we may well be calling him the Harlow Globetrotter as basketball is his game.
He’s 19 now but first represented England as an under 16 in 2012 at the European Championships. Closer to home he’s in the London Leopard’s squad and first played for Team GB at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in 2013.
Steel won a scholarship in the US where he combines play representing the Duquesne Dukes with studying psychology.
She’ll be just 18 when competes in her first Olympics in Rio 2016 and she’ll be doing it on her second choice of sport having begun her competitive life as a swimmer. But Grace switched to water polo when she was just seven and has been playing the game to a world class standard pretty much ever since.
Manchester lass Rowland first represented team GB in the 2015 European Games where her input helped secure one group game win and 11th place overall. She’s been training hard since and the word on the side of the pool is the team’s on target to do better in Rio.
It won’t be long until we find out…!