Badsworth swimmer Max earns Commonwealth Games selection

Max Litchfield, who has been selected for the Commonwealth Games.
Max Litchfield, who has been selected for the Commonwealth Games.

Badsworth swimmer Max Litchfield is set to take part in his first major senior international meet after being selected for the England team to compete in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Litchfield, 19, will take part in the 400m individual medley after qualifying with new personal best times in the trials held earlier this year.

The City of Sheffield member finished third in the trials behind England’s Olympian Roberto Pavoni (Loughborough) and Lewis Smith (University of Stirling), who will swim for Scotland in the Games.

At the trials, Litchfield recorded a personal best, beating his previous best time by 1.5 seconds, in the heats to qualify for the final second fastest.

He then knocked a further four seconds off in the final to finish in 4:16.61 and earn a bronze medal and a place in the national team for Glasgow.

For Max, the Commonwealth Games is the next step in a swimming career that has seen him shine from an early age.

He is a former European junior champion, competed at the World Junior Championships and set several British schoolboy record times.

Max is part of the City of Sheffield swim squad and at Hallam University studying physiotherapy, combining his studies with his 10 two-hour training sessions in the pool each week as well as further training on land.

Proud father Peter says Max is determined to go as far as he can in the swimming world and he has been impressed with his dedication.

He said: “With all his training and studying – and all his own cooking now he is in a flat in Sheffield – he is extremely disciplined and focused on doing well and continually improving.

“His 400 IM event will be on Friday, July 25 at the Tollcross Pool, in Glasgow, where us proud parents will be there supporting.

“Hopefully Max can qualify for the final, which would be a fantastic achievement and it will be great experience for possible selection for the Rio Olympics, which is his main goal.”