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Top Para-Swimmers line up for National SC Champs

21 November 2013

A host of world and Paralympic champions will be among the 290 disabled swimmers at the DSE National Short Course Championships in Sheffield this weekend.

Ellie Simmonds, Jessica-Jane Applegate, Hannah Russell and Amy Marren feature in the women’s start lists while Josef Craig, Oliver Hynd, Jonathan Fox and Sascha Kindred will compete in the men's events over 25m at Ponds Forge International Sport Centre.

Marren was one of the stars of the British team at the IPC World Championships in Montreal this year where she won the S9 100m Butterfly, SM9 200m Individual Medley and two relay golds.

Session Timings

Session 1 - Saturday 23 November: 09:00 - 12:00

Session 2 - Saturday 23 November: 14:00 - 19:00

Session 3 - Sunday 24 November: 09:00 - 13:00

And with half an eye on an upcoming junior meet in Brazil, the 15-year old insisted she was looking to hit form in Sheffield.

"This weekend I’m looking for some good times and strong swims," said Marren. "I am going to Sao Paulo in Brazil on Monday for the Brazilian School Games so I’m looking to use this as a good meet ahead of that.

"All the events are getting more competitive now as there are good swimmers coming through all the time. Swimming has always been a competitive sport so it’s important to stay on top of your game."

At 35, Kindred is an established performer in the water and has competed in five Paralympic Games during his career.

"I’m not competing in any of my main events this weekend so to get some solid swims in new events would be nice," said Kindred. "I am working on my freestyle for my medley and also trying something new.

"My 400m free should be competitive as long as I can complete it! But I’m also looking forward to seeing Josef Craig and Jon Fox in the S7 400m Freestyle. That should be a great race."

Spectators can attend free of charge on either day in Sheffield. Click here to head for more information on the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) website.

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