Freya Anderson in Great Britain squad for European Junior Swimming Championships

By Mark Ashenden

Last Updated: 09/03/2018, 15:53 GMT

Freya Anderson
Freya Anderson will make her Commonwealth Games debut on the Gold Coast

Swimmer Freya Anderson has been named in Britain's European Junior Championships squad in Finland in July.

The 17-year-old Sky Sports Scholar is part of a 30-strong team, which includes six British senior champions, that will travel to Helsinki that takes place on July 4-8.

It is another boost for Anderson, who has just come back from three weeks in Colorado Springs at a high-altitude training camp and will swim in Australia for her first Commonwealth Games in April.

"These European juniors are my last junior competition so it will be really fun to compete against juniors for the last time," Anderson said.

"It's a big team and I hope I can inspire the younger juniors as I understand what it's like to be on your first team.

"Our team is pretty strong so it will be an interesting competition against the rest of Europe. I cannot wait to go."

Anderson, who defended her British 100m Freestyle title in Edinburgh, is also the reigning world junior champion for the 100m Freestyle.

Tim Jones, GB's Head of Elite Development, said: "This is an extremely important year for British Swimming. The second year of this Olympic cycle is one of our final opportunities to unearth some new talent ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Games.

"In our team, we have been able to name some familiar and experienced junior swimmers who have already successfully begun the transition into the senior ranks.

"We hope to be able to identify some more hidden gems at this event that can become potent forces on the British team for many years to come.

"With an extended period of preparation time between now and the start of the meet, our focus will be to ensure all of our team members swim season best performances at these championships."