British swimmers compete for world team selection
13 Apr 2010
The British International Disability Swimming Championships are being held at Ponds Forge in Sheffield this weekend from 16-18 April, at which over 250 swimmers from 18 countries will compete.
World record holders and Paralympic medallists will join their rivals in the pool, including double gold medallists Eleanor Simmonds and Sam Hynd. Other British stars include David Roberts, James Crisp, Jonathan Fox, Sascha Kindred and Liz Johnson.
The event also incorporates the British team, powered by British Gas, for the World Swimming Championships later this year in Eindhoven. Crisp, Fox, Kindred and Johnson all broke world records at the recent British Gas Swimming Championships, so all eyes will be on them to secure their place in the team.
Bath Uni swimmer Liz Johnson broke her own world record in the SB6 100m Breaststroke, clocking 1:39.58- the same event she won Paralympic gold in Beijing. Ahead of Sheffield, she said:
“I managed to get a really good block of work in after Christmas, which I'm confident has given me a good foundation to build on after two bouts of illness during the last 12 weeks. My coach and I have worked a lot on developing my technique and I am excited by the prospect of gaining selection for the world championships.
I hope the recent world record will provide me with a platform to go even faster at this weekend's competition. I have been suffering from a cold for the last week, so we will have to see if that has an impact.”
The event is free for spectators, so it is a great chance to see the country’s best disabled swimmers in action. Disability Sport Events and the swimmers would welcome any support during the weekend.