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Top Brits compete for place at Europeans

7 April 2011

Witness a superb showcase of swimming at Ponds Forge International Swimming Centre on 8-10 April where over 300 disabled swimmers will compete in the run up to July’s IPC Swimming European Championships in Berlin.

The British International Disability Swimming Championship will welcome international swimmers from all over the world- alongside our own successful disability swimming team, powered by British Gas. You could witness record breaking performances from the likes of Beijing gold medallists Ellie Simmonds, Sascha Kindred, Liz Johnson and a whole host of other stars. Nationwide Building Society, British Swimming and Speedo are supporting the event.

To add to the excitement, the championships incorporate the final qualifiers for the British team ahead of the IPC Swimming European Championships.

The three day event will run in heats and multi-classification finals format- with the finals and medal presentations held in the evening of each day. Spectators can attend free of charge.

Sascha Kindred, six times Paralympic gold medallist has represented Great Britain in four Paralympic Games (Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008) so far. Specialising in the Butterfly and Individual medley events, he has high hopes of making the GB team for the Europeans. He said:

“This is the biggest disability swimming event that we have annually in this country. The amount of countries attending shows how important it is. With the Europeans being the last major meet before London 2012 Paralympics, we’re bound to see some impressive swims this weekend. I always swim fast in Sheffield and am looking forward to it”.

Sascha’s wife Nyree (née Lewis) is herself a top British swimmer. Nyree will not be swimming this weekend for a very special reason. Known as the “golden couple” of disability swimming, Nyree and Sascha are expecting their first child in June. With London 2012 on the horizon and becoming a father for the first time- it promises to be an exciting year ahead.

“My focus this year is to make the team for the Europeans, swim well in Berlin, then train hard before London. But, I also can’t wait to be a Daddy!”

Annette Kerlin, Nationwide’s Head of Corporate Responsibility, said:
“Nationwide’s support of these events is an important part of our community commitment. We are very proud to support all of the swimmers competing this weekend in the run up to the European Championships and the Paralympics. We hope that our international swimmers will continue improving their times, breaking records and growing in confidence as they prepare for the future and the games next year.”

Other partners assisting the championships are Water Direct, Ponds Forge and the Sheffield City Council's Major Sports Events Unit.
 

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