Three swimmers from Ellesmere College feature strongly in the latest Swim England international squad for a prestigious competition in France, viewed as a stepping-stone to future stardom.

The 20-strong England squad which will travel to Nice on Friday, February 7 for the French Swimming Federation Golden Tour and will include Adam Metcalf, Pia Murray and Angharad Evans.

The trio of swimmers are not newcomers to big competitions, with Adam representing Team GB at the 2019 European Junior Championships, Pia competing in the World Junior Championships and Angharad who raced at the 2018 European Junior Championships.

The Titans are one of only three swimming clubs nationally to be providing three athletes for the competition.

Richard Blackshaw, Swim England national talent officer, said the competition is a huge opportunity for young swimmers to test themselves against strong opposition.

He said: “Being selected for the Swim England junior team to compete in Nice will provide the swimmers with valuable experience of competing abroad for their country.

“This will help them make a seamless transition from domestic competitions to the European Junior Championships.”

The Titans also recently celebrated the selection of director of swimming Alan Bircher as one of the coaches who will be heading out to the Tokyo Olympics with the GB team, which will include current European Champion Freya Anderson.

Mr Bircher said: “We are delighted to have three representatives chosen for Nice – it’s a major competition and once again shows how Ellesmere College Titans are leading the way in producing and preparing future international swimming talent.

“Adam, Pia and Angharad have worked very hard and fully deserve this opportunity. It’s a major competition and will be really tough, but it is one which will stand them in good stead for the future.

“The Nice event is part of a swimmer’s progression to senior competition. It’s always an honour to be selected to represent your country and we are all looking forward to the championships.”