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Junior swimmers go for gold

5 Mar 2010

Disability Sport Events (DSE) is holding the National Junior Swimming Championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield. Nationwide Building Society are supporting the event on 6 and 7 March, at which over 200 swimmers will compete. The event is an opportunity for young British swimming talent to compete, and is a springboard towards international success.

The juniors will also have the chance to watch some of our top Paralympic swimmers in action during the weekend as some will be taking part in an altitude project. This includes Sascha Kindred, Ellie Simmonds and Sam Hynd.

Lizzie Simpkin (S9), who is competing at the junior event, was a debutant in the Beijing Paralympics and last year enjoyed a very successful year in the pool. Simpkin ended 2009 as part of the record breaking relay team at the IPC World Short Course Swimming Championships. The 15 year old from Southport swam the third leg in the women’s 4x100m medley relay in Rio de Janeiro and had built a great lead when she handed over to gold medallist Ellie Simmonds. Great Britain touched in a new world record time of 4min56.23sec.

Simpkin said ahead of her competition in Sheffield: “Training is getting really tough at the moment, but my coach has given me a target to aim for at the juniors. I’m hoping to better my times from the Worlds last year in Rio. I love competing at the juniors as I always meet someone new and make new friends”.

Maxine Taylor, Nationwide’s Divisional Director for Corporate Affairs, said: “Nationwide Building Society is very proud to support DSE and all the athletes who compete at these events throughout the UK.  We hope our sponsorship will enable more disabled athletes to take part in these events and that they continue to break records, both personally and internationally.”

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

Further information about DSE and the winners from this event will be available via www.disabilitysport.org.uk

The event is free for spectators, so it is a great chance to see the country’s best juniors in action. Disability Sport Events and the swimmers would welcome any support during the weekend.

Spectators are welcome to attend the event and watch the Paralympians of the future compete.

Media information:
The media are welcome to attend the event. Please contact:
Sarah Marl, Disability Sport Events, sarah@dse.org.uk, 0161 953 2438. Mobile 07764 291671

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