Sketty pool faces 'downgrade' of international status
THE Wales National Pool in Swansea could lose its international training status, according to a BBC Sport Wales report.
The sport’s governing body British Swimming has hinted strongly that centres of excellence in Swansea and Stirling, Scotland, both face the downgrade.
The sport suffered a £4million funding cut after only winning three of five targeted medals at London 2012.
Centres at Loughborough and Bath are believed to be safe.
“What we’ll see is a different type of investment,” said British Swimming performance director Chris Spice.
“We are certain that Loughborough and Bath will remain the same.
“What we'll absolutely be doing is still investing (in Wales and Scotland). It’s just at what level and it may not be in one centre.”
The Stirling and Swansea centres - where GB swimmers Jaz Carlin, Jemma Lowe and Georgia Davies are based - were given temporary reprieves in February.
Talks with representatives from both threatened centres are said to be ongoing, with those from Swansea to set to meet British Swimming officials next week.
Swansea has already lost one of its star performers with multiple Paralympic medal-winner Ellie Simmonds deciding in July to relocate to Loughborough.