The 17-year-old is one of just 20 English juniors selected to travel to the French Swimming Federation’s Golden Tour in Nice next month, and will mark his first appearance for his country with swims in no fewer than five events.
Jones, now a Mount Kelly boarding school swimmer with dual registration for Tigers, is due to appear in the 200m and 400m individual medleys, 100m and 200m backstroke and 100m butterfly. He broke the Jersey 200m IM record earlier this year – previously held by Sydney 2000 Olympic swimmer Simon Militis.
The French meet, scheduled to take place on 9-10 February, is being used to give England’s future stars an early taste of top-tier competition to better prepare them for upcoming European, Commonwealth or World Championship events.
Jones – a former South East Schools captain and Hampshire swimmer – is due to compete in Geneva before travelling to Nice, and is also set to fly to Greece for a training camp. He will then head to Glasgow for another international competition which will be used as qualification for the European Junior Championships.