Introduction to the event
The beginning of a new Olympiad has ushered in an exciting change to the selection trials process with the 2013 British Gas Swimming Championships taking place in June, less than a month out from the World Championships in Barcelona.
Rather than the two-stage selection process of an initial trials in March or April then a second chance in June, this year's British Champs will be the one and only event to qualify for the World Champs. No second chances. No compromise.
While a number of GB's big names have hung up their cap and goggles after London 2012, there are still plenty of world class swimmers heading to Ponds Forge for this year's Champs, not least Olympic medallist Michael Jamieson, world champions Liam Tancock and Keri-anne Payne and world short course champion Hannah Miley.
Check back to this site for more information closer to the Champs. In the meantime here are few things you may not know about the British Gas Swimming Championships.
Champs Event Factoids
- The 2013 British Championships will be the first time the event hasn't been held as a mid-season trials since 2000.
- Ponds Forge International Sports Centre has hosted the event the most times with 2013 set to be the seventh staging in Sheffield. Manchester Aquatics Centre is second in that list, having hosted the British Champs five times.
- Multi-classification Disability events were first integrated into the British Championships in 2003.
- The last disability world record set at the event was Ellie Simmonds’s time of 3:08.14 in the MC 200m Individual Medley final at the 2012 Championships in London. It was an S6 world record and the first world record to be set at London Aquatics Centre,
- The last able-bodied world set at the event was Jo Jackson’s time of 4:00.66 in the 400m Freestyle final at the 2009 Championships in Sheffield.