Team England Commonwealth Games 2022: Full rundown of all the athletes from Manchester who will be competing
Manchester will be well represented at the Birmingham games
The Commonwealth Games 2022 kick off in Birmingham this month, and athletes from around the world will descend on the midlands.
Amongst those heading to Birmingham to represent Team England is a strong contingency from Manchester.
Ahead of the Games, here’s all you need to know about which athletes are from Manchester and which sports they will be competing in.
When do the 2022 Commonwealth Games start?
The opening ceremony of the Games takes place on Thursday, 28 July at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.
The sports will be played everyday until Monday, 8 August which also be the day of the closing ceremony.
Which athletes from Manchester will compete for Team England?
A total of 12 athletes from the Greater Manchester area will be competing for Team England.
Below are these athletes as well as the sports they will be playing in Birmingham and any sports club in the region they represent.
James Mazarelo - Hockey
The 21-year-old goalkeeper began playing the sport at Bowdon Hockey Club in his native Manchester, progressing all the way from England U16s to Great Britain U21s.
Callum Jones - Manchester Giants - Basketball
Callum Jones made his Commonwealth Games debut on the Gold Coast in 2018.
Georgia Jones - Manchester Mystics - Basketball
Georgia made her Team England debut at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia and won a silver medal.
Jack Fairclough - Shooting
Jack won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games Test Event in Brisbane in 2017.
Katie Cross - Cricket
Cross is set to play a key part in England’s Commonwealth Games campaign this summer.
Abigail Irozuru - Athletics
Abigail Irozuru competes for the Sale Harriers, the same club as former Great Britain athletes Diane Modahl and Darren Campbell.
Chloe Golding - City of Manchester Swimming Club - Swimming
Chloe made her Team England debut on the Gold Coast and competed in the 200m backstroke heats.
Aimee Pratt - Athletics
The highlight of Aimee Pratt’s young career came in 2020 when she became British champion in the women’s 3000 metre steeplechase.
Keely Hodgkinson - Athletics
Keely announced herself on the big stage aged just 19 at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics by taking 800m silver and leaving Kelly Holmes’ British record in her wake.
Amy-Louise Markovc - Athletics
Amy-Eloise Markovc’s debut for Team England at a home Commonwealth Games has had a trans-Atlantic build-up.
James Guy - Swimming
Guy will be heading for his third Commonwealth Games this summer, looking to add to the seven medals he won across Glasgow and Gold Coast.
Nathan Maguire - Kirby Challenge - Athletics
Maguire is one half of a British wheelchair racing power couple: he proposed to seven-time Paralympic gold medallist Hannah Cockroft on a December 2021 trip to Denmark
Jade Clarke - Wasps - Basketball
England’s most-capped netballer is set for her fifth Commonwealth Games as the Roses look to defend their gold medal.
Anthony Harding - Ashton under Lyne - Diving
The 21-year-old took up diving aged five and by 10 was training at the City of Leeds club, moving to the city permanently after finishing his GCSEs.
Are any athletes from Manchester sports clubs representing Team England?
A number of athletes from Manchester sports clubs, some of whom are not from Manchester, will be part of Team England this summer.
These athletes are listed below.
Eleanor Cardwell - Blackpool - Manchester Thunder - Netball
Eleanor scored 641 goals and was named fans’ and players’ player of the season en route to lifting her fourth league title with Manchester Thunder.
Natalie Metcalf - Barrowford - Manchester Thunder - Netball
The Barrowford-born netballer re-joined Manchester Thunder this year, leaving New South Wales Swifts to return to the UK.
Christopher Baker - Norwich - Sale Harriers - Athletics
Christopher joined the other athletes in Team England’s athletics squad to compete at the Carrara Stadium in the high jump.
Jona Efoloko - Kinshasa, Congo - Manchester - Athletics
Jona Efoloka was crowned 2018 IAAF World Champion in the 200m setting a personal best of 20.48 seconds.
Dominique Allen - Wordsley - Manchester Mystics - Basketball
Dominique has previously represented Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games. She was named MVP in the English Basketball League for the 2006/7 season.
Thomas Hamer - Rawtenstall - City of Manchester Swimming Club - Swimming
A long-time member of East Lancashire Boy Scouts, Tom Hamer still goes to sessions every Tuesday night.