Street swimmer hopes to 'get amongst the medals' at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
By Neil Rose
28th Jul 2022 | Local Sport
Street swimmer Brodie Williams says his aim is to "get amongst the medals" when he represents Team England at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, which officially begin today (Thursday, July 28).
It will complete the set of major international competitions for the former Crispin School pupil, who has also raced at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games plus the World and European Championships.
He is hoping to use that experience to push for his first international podium place having narrowly missed out on a medal when finishing fourth in the 200m backstroke at last month's World Championships in Budapest.
"I got in the Olympic team last year in a bit of an unexpected way in the 400m individual medley," he said. "This year I am using that experience of going to a major meet to push on. There wasn't a crowd in Tokyo but it was still an unbelievable atmosphere and it felt like a big stage.
"I made an Olympic semi-final which I was really proud of so now it's about finals and getting amongst the medals."
Williams, who trains with the hugely-successful British Swimming Performance Centre squad based at the University of Bath, will start his Commonwealth Games campaign around midday on Friday in the 100m backstroke heats. He is also scheduled to compete in the 400m individual medley on Saturday and his main event, the 200m backstroke, on Tuesday.
Also representing Team England at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre are former Millfield School students Cameron Kurle (200m freestyle) and James Guy (100m and 200m butterfly). Guy, a double Olympic Champion in Tokyo 12 months ago, is, like Williams, coached by David McNulty in Bath.
Racing for Team Wales is Matt Richards, who won Olympic gold alongside Guy in the 4x200m freestyle relay last year and has recently moved his training base to Millfield School. He will race in the 100m and 200m freestyle.