Para Swimming World Series set for a return to the UK in 2022

The Para Swimming World Series is returning to Britain next year with a UK leg of the competition taking place in February 2022.

The British Para Swimming Meet will be held over four days and will mark the fifth time that Britain has had a fixture in the series since its creation in 2017.

Athletes from around the world will descend on the Aberdeen Sports Village from 17-20 February and kick off what is bound to be an exciting year of racing.

Entries open at midday on Tuesday 14 December and can be accessed here, as well as information on classification dates and event conditions.

‘Thrive off racing’

The previous edition of the event saw some of para-swimming’s biggest stars, including Reece Dunn, Hannah Russell and Grace Harvey, impressing with their performances.

Great Britain then went on to have a massively successful run at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics with 26 medals swimming medals won.

British Swimming Associate Performance Director Tim Jones said of the announcement: “I’m delighted that with the confirmation of this event, we are adding to the legacy of the UK’s reputation as one of the leading para-sport hosts in the world.

“The Para Swimming World Series is a very important competition for us across various levels of the para-swimming pathway.

“Those athletes challenging for places on senior British teams thrive off the stimulus of racing their international counterparts in the build towards major international meets, and this meet will play a part in selections for 2022’s World Championships in Madeira.

“Meanwhile, direct head-to-head racing is a vital part of the development of our up-and-coming athletes.”

Craig Nicholson, Head of World Para Swimming, said: “World Para Swimming is extremely happy that Great Britain will continue to be part of the Para Swimming World Series.

“We have signed a multi-year agreement with British Swimming through to 2024 which represents a great step forward for our sport.

“It will give World Para Swimming and the nations the possibility to plan the activities during the whole cycle until the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.”

Graham Morrison, Head of Sport and Events at Aberdeen Sports Village, added: “Myself and the team are delighted to welcome this event to Aberdeen and we cannot wait to play our part in hosting a fantastic few days of top-class competition.”

Key dates

  • For swimmers who require classification, all entries must be received by no later than 12pm Tuesday 28th December 2021
  • For swimmers not requiring classification, all entries shall must be received by no later than 12pm, Friday 25th January 2022.