After Marco’s brilliant performance at last year’s World Championship Trials, Marco was selected to swim for Wales at this year’s Commonwealth Games which take place in Glasgow on the 24th of July. This will be Marco’s second Commonwealth Games and he will be swimming the 50m and 100m Backstroke as well as leading off the medley relay.
Marco has been training hard and with plenty more to come including a visit to the National Training Centre at Bath, where Marco will train with some of Britain’s top swimmers including Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson.
In the lead up to the Commonwealth Games there are a couple of key competitions that will help Marco gain some race practice and sharpness. First will be two rounds of the Mare Nostrum tour in Southern France and Spain where he will be swimming with his Swim Wales teammates against some of the top swimmers in the world, a number of whom will also be at the Games. Shortly after that, at the end of June, it will be up to Manchester for the British Gas International meet. Competition at this event is expected to be high and there will be some exciting key battles against the likes of England’s Chris Walker-Hebborn and Liam Tancock.
Marco’s coach Josh Williamson has been pleased with his progress saying, “With Marco being selected for the Games it has been a long year of training, giving us the opportunity to train through some of the key meets so that he can solely target the Commonwealth Games. Marco’s focus has been great and we have had some really positive in season swims including multiple short course personal best times around Christmas time.”
With little more than two months until the opening ceremony the excitement is certainly starting to build towards what could be a very successful summer for Guildford City’s Olympian. Make sure you tune in and support Marco all the way through to what will hopefully be a medal laden Games.