CAMERON Brodie’s superb performance at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland has led to him being added to the Great Britain squad which will compete at the European Championships in Berlin later this month (August 13-24).
Evesham Swimming Club member Brodie has represented GB several times, but this is his first experience of a full GB team.
Just 24 swimmers will be competing and this is arguably a bigger competition than the ‘friendly games’ in Glasgow in which Brodie claimed a magnificent fourth place in the 200m butterfly in a personal best time of 1:56.59, although the home exposure made the occasion special for the Scottish star.
There are some exceptional swimmers who will take to the pool in Berlin, although the lack of South African sensation Chad le Clos and others from South Africa and Australia will make it a much more level playing field.
Meanwhile, it has also been revealed that Brodie will receive a silver medal for his efforts in the relays at the Commonwealth Games.
The 21-year-old, whose family home is in Harvington, competed in the relay events and most importantly the heats of the 4x200m freestyle relay.
As planned, he stepped down for the final and the Scottish team came second in a thrilling race, beating South Africa and finishing just behind Australia.
Brodie, who combines studying for his degree with his swimming training at Stirling University, will now receive a silver medal for his part in the relay team. He had a similar experience after the Commonwealth Games of Delhi in 2010 when a medal was also awarded in this manner.
It is hoped Brodie will be back in the Vale around the end of August to see his friends at Evesham Swimming Club for a training session or two.