Ellie Simmonds amongst British swimmers to compete at BT Paralympic World Cup
Double Paralympic swimming champion Eleanor Simmonds is leading the British Swimming Team, powered by British Gas, taking on competitors from around the world at the BT Paralympic World Cup in Manchester in May.
Simmonds is joined by fellow Paralympic gold medallists including Sascha Kindred, Matthew Walker, Liz Johnson and David Roberts as the home nation take on swimmers representing Europe, the Americas and the Rest of The World for the BT Paralympic World Cup trophy.
The event at the Manchester Aquatics Centre on 28 May will be a key performance indicator for the British swimmers ahead of the IPC European Championships being held in Berlin in August.
Simmonds’ confirmation on the GB team comes off the back on a strong performance last week at the British Gas Swimming Championships and is looking forward to the event in May where she will be looking to defend her BT Paralympic World Cup title in the 200m Individual Medley.
The 16-year-old who is based in Swansea said, “The BT Paralympic World Cup is a key competition for me and will help my preparations for London 2012 where I hope to defend my titles.
“I always enjoy the competition in Manchester, I like the pool and the fans always cheer us on. It’s also an opportunity to compete against the best swimmers in the world which will really help me ahead of the European Championships later this year.”
Kindred, who broke the European record in the S56 50m Butterfly at last week’s competition, will be defending his 200m Individual Medley title in May and said, “I've always enjoyed swimming in Manchester for the BT Paralympic World Cup and have just broken a European record in that specific pool.
“It’s a great opportunity to race a high quality field as well and it will be good to get a feel of the home crowd only a year before London 2012,” he added.
The swimmers will compete in six different classes as Channel 4 will broadcast live from the Aquatics Centre on Saturday 28 May.
John Atkinson, National Performance Director for British Swimming, said, “The BT Paralympic World Cup is always a fantastic event that attracts world-class talent and outstanding performances and once again we are pleased to be involved.
“The team performed to a high standard at the recent trials and are now prepared to compete against the best in the world in their home country. The event will be invaluable in their preparations for the European Championships this summer as well as 2012 and I know that our athletes are looking forward to the challenge.”
The confirmed GB team, events and hometown are:
Sascha Kindred SM6 200m Individual Medley Hereford
Matthew Whorwood SM6 200m Individual Medley Newquay
David Roberts S7 50m Freestyle Cardiff
Matthew Walker S7 50m Freestyle Stockport
Jonathan Fox S7 50m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke St Austell
Sam Hynd S8 400m Freestyle Swansea
Sean Fraser S8 400m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke Manchester
Thomas Young S8 400m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke Carnforth
Daniel Pepper S14 200m Freestyle Stockport
Ben Procter S14 200m Freestyle Newquay
Eleanor Simmonds SM6 200m Individual Medley Swansea
Natalie Jones SM6 200m Individual Medley Chorley
Heather Frederiksen S8 50m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke Warrington
Emma Hollis S8 50m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke Loughborough
Louise Watkin SB9 100m Breastroke, 100m Backstroke Warrington
Harriet Lee SB9 100m Breastroke Swansea
Claire Cashmore S9 50m Freestyle, 100m Butterfly Kidderminster
Stephanie Millward S9 50m Freestyle, 100m Butterfly Swansea
Charlotte Henshaw SB6 100m Breaststroke Mansfield
Liz Johnson SB6 100m Breaststroke Newport/Bath