I'd like to see the minutes of the PAG and PMT selections meetings now please? And the statistics presented to the selectors in their original form. Anyone else?
That statement pretty much adds no information as to why SW was selected ahead of JH and CN, other than they thought she had greater potential for the future.
"Following a detailed and thorough discussion, the clear view of the Performance Team was that although three sabruers had broadly similar results over the qualifying period, Sophie Williams shows the greatest promise for the future, in particular for Rio 2016. "
Quite aside from "broadly similar results" being demonstrably false, (unless you choose very specific criteria), "promise for 2016" is a giant waste of time, when the stated goal of the programme is to produce medals at 2012.
The suggestion that the first senior season results was used for comparison is totally arbitrary. Using results from 2006/7 to justify exclusion is simply insane. If you have to move the goalposts to a very specific position to demonstrate the outcome you want, you might be being disingenuous, see my post in the stats thread for a slightly different filter on things.