Swimmers nominated for London 2012

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10th April 2012

The British Paralympic Association (BPA) confirmed today that 16 British swimmers, including double Paralympic gold medallist Ellie Simmonds, have been selected for ParalympicsGB for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

A further 26 nominations from British Swimming were accepted by the BPA’s Qualification and Selection Panel subject to formal confirmation of the slots made available for London 2012 by IPC Swimming.

Those 26 athletes will therefore only have their selection confirmed by the BPA once the IPC slot allocation has been formally made in early June.

I am excited as we move into the next phase in our Paralympic cycle and I will be looking for the athletes to improve on their performances between now and the Games.

The athletes include husband and wife Sascha and Nyree Kindred and two pairs of siblings, Oliver and Sam Hynd and James and Emma Hollis.

It also contains two athletes who will celebrate their birthdays this week on 14th April; veteran Jim ‘the Swim’ Anderson who will be 49 and for whom London will be his sixth Games and first time Paralympian Gemma Almond who will be 18.

ParalympicsGB Chef de Mission Craig Hunter said: “It is great news that the ParalympicsGB team for London will be bolstered by such a strong squad of swimmers. Swimming has historically been a sport in which British Paralympians excel and the team have produced some outstanding performances at World and European level since Beijing.

"While we need to wait until June for the formal confirmation of the full team, with such a strong squad announced today, I am confident that they will continue their impressive record in London and I am looking forward to seeing them all compete for ParalympicsGB.”

National Performance Director John Atkinson said: “I am really pleased to see a strong squad of athletes set to represent ParalympicsGB at this year’s home Games.

"We have a great mix of youth and experience within this group and with 45% of the athletes preparing to take part in their first Games, I am sure our experienced athletes will help them settle into the routine of a Paralympic Games.

“We will have the chance to get together as a team in Majorca to get some excellent training under their belts before the final stages of preparation begin. I am excited as we move into the next phase in our Paralympic cycle and I will be looking for the athletes to improve on their performances between now and the Games.”

Simmonds, who is one of Britain’s most recognisable Paralympians following her double gold medal winning performance in Beijing, admitted she believes the London Games will be the most thilling Paralympics yet.

“I am so excited to be part of the ParalympicsGB team for the London 2012 Paralympic Games,” said Simmonds, who set the first world record in London Aquatics Centre at the British Gas Swimming Championships 2012 in March.

“I have worked really hard for the past four years to qualify and I couldn’t be happier now I have done that. The London Games are a once in a lifetime opportunity.

“Beijing was really special for me but I think walking out in front of 17,000 people and hearing them cheer us on will be even better. Competing in front of a home crowd last month was amazing and I can’t wait to do it again.”

The team also includes stalwart and six-time Paralympic champion Sascha Kindred, for whom London will be his fifth Paralympic Games.

I can’t wait to see the seats full of people supporting the British team and cheering us on.

“I’m very happy to be selected for my fifth Paralympic Games," said Kindred. "Competing in the pool in March gave me a taste of how amazing the home crowd will be and I can’t wait to see the seats full of people supporting the British team and cheering us on.”

Among those who will be making their Games debut this summer is 15-year old S12 swimmer Hannah Russell, who set two world short course records at the Nationwide Junior and Youth Swimming Championships in March.

She said: “I am really happy to be named on the ParalympicsGB team. For my first Games to be a home Games will make it really memorable and to have such a big crowd supporting you will be great.

“I wasn’t really expecting to be on the team for London because I am part of the Diamond Programme which is aimed for Rio but to be able to compete this year is a dream come true.

"I am one of the youngest on the team and to compete alongside such a wide range of really talented athletes will be such a good experience.”

The swimming team has historically been one of the highest performing teams for ParalympicsGB: the team won 41 medals in Beijing in total, 11 of them gold, finishing fourth on the swimming medal table, and also finished second and third on the table in Athens and Sydney respectively.

The full list of swimmers nominated to ParalympicsGB on 10 April 2012

Confirmed selected

Nomination accepted, subject to IPC Swimming confirming final athlete slot allocation. (R) denotes relay squad nomination.


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