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‘Promising’ squad selected for Para Swimming World Champs in Manchester

A total of 20 English athletes feature as part of the ‘promising’ squad set to compete at this year’s Para Swimming World Championships in Manchester.

They make up the majority of the 28-strong British team who will compete in front of a home crowd between Monday 31 July and Sunday 6 August.

For some, this will be the second major competition on home soil in as many years, with Jessica-Jane Applegate, Jordan Catchpole, Louise Fiddes, Poppy Maskill, Rebecca Redfern, Maisie Summers-Newton, Grace Harvey and Alice Tai all representing Team England at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The squad also features a host of current Swim England Para-Swimming talent athletes, alongside many who have progressed through the pathway.

William Ellard (S14), Georgia Sheffield (S14), Thomas Nevaro-Barber (S9) and Siena Oxby (S14) will all make their senior debuts for Great Britain, having earned their opportunity following performances at the recent trials event of the Para Swimming World Series meet in Sheffield.

Building towards the future

On the selections, British Swimming associate performance director, Tim Jones, said: “It was fantastic to see competition thriving in Sheffield – with 35 nations in attendance at the Para Swimming World Series event.

“It provided a great opportunity for our athletes to test themselves against international counterparts and with the backdrop of this being our key selection event.

“Now, the focus very much turns to ensuring this team can produce season’s best performances when it matters most, on the World Championship stage in four months’ time.

“The British team selected boasts a hugely experienced cohort of Paralympic and world champions.

“Alongside that, it’s promising to see the development of a number of athletes who have moved it on in the right direction since their international debuts in Madeira, and we also welcome several new faces to the team as we build towards the future.

“Manchester 2023 is a brilliant chance to set the stage for ourselves one year out from Paris 2024, and we will be working closely with these swimmers and their home programmes to support them through the coming months and ensure they are in the position to bring their best to the fore in front of a home crowd this summer.”

Full British Para-Swimming team for the 2023 Para Swimming World Championships:

  • Jessica-Jane Applegate, City of Norwich
  • Jordan Catchpole, Team Waveney
  • Ellie Challis, British Swimming Performance Centre Manchester
  • Stephen Clegg, Edinburgh University
  • Rhys Darbey, Nofio Clwyd
  • Sam Downie, East Lothian
  • William Ellard, St Felix School SC
  • Louise Fiddes, Hatfield SC
  • Bethany Firth, Ards SC
  • Poppy Maskill, Alsager SC/British Swimming Performance Centre Manchester
  • Rebecca Redfern, Worcester SC
  • Faye Rogers, University of Aberdeen
  • Toni Shaw, University of Aberdeen
  • Georgia Sheffield, Bolton Metro Swimming Squad
  • Maisie Summers-Newton, Northampton SC
  • Brock Whiston, Barking and Dagenham AC

The athletes above gained selection after they achieved the consideration time as per the selection policy (individual) at the trials event.

  • Grace Harvey, British Swimming Performance Centre Manchester
  • Suzanna Hext, Swindon ASC
  • Louis Lawlor, City of Glasgow ST
  • Scott Quin, Edinburgh University
  • Alice Tai, Ealing SC
  • Cameron Vearncombe, Plymouth Leander

The athletes above gained selection at the discretion of the selection panel following the conclusion of the trials event.

  • Oliver Carter, University of Stirling
  • Scarlett Humphrey, Northampton SC
  • Tully Kearney, Loughborough University
  • Thomas Nevaro-Barber, Portsmouth Northsea SC
  • Matthew Redfern, Worcester SC

The athletes above gained selection at the discretion of the selection panel to develop Great Britain’s representation within relay events.

  • Siena Oxby, Stockport Metro SC

The athletes above gained selection at the discretion of the selection panel with regards to medal potential for the LA 2028 Paralympic Games.

British Para-Swimming selection policies can be found here.