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Paralympic champions named in Great Britain squad for European Championships

Five Paralympic champions have been selected in the Great Britain squad for the World Para-Swimming Allianz European Championships in Dublin.

A total of 24 of the country’s best para-swimmers have been named in the team for the event, including eight set to make their British senior debuts.

Ellie Simmonds, Bethany Firth, Ollie Hynd, Ellie Robinson and Hannah Russell all won individual gold medals at the Rio Paralympics in 2016.

The squad was finalised following the British Para-Swimming International Meet 2018/World Para-Swimming World Series at the weekend.

It proved to be a successful event for swimmers from the home nations as they achieved more than 20 podium places in Sheffield.

The British squad in full is:

  • Jessica-Jane Applegate (UEA Norwich)
  • Jordan Catchpole (UEA Norwich)
  • Stephen Clegg (City of Sunderland)
  • Louise Fiddes (Hatfield)
  • Bethany Firth (ARDS SC)
  • Grace Harvey (National Performance Centre Manchester)
  • Tom Hamer (National Performance Centre Manchester)
  • Ollie Hynd (Nova Centurion)
  • Mikey Jones (National Performance Centre Manchester)
  • Tully Kearney (COMAST)
  • Jacob Leach (Cockermouth SC)
  • Conner Morrison (University of Aberdeen Performance)
  • Andrew Mullen (City of Glasgow)
  • Zara Mullooly (Guildford City Swimming Club)
  • Scott Quin (Warrender Baths Club)
  • Rebecca Redfern (Worcester Swimming Club)
  • Megan Richter (Orion)
  • Ellie Robinson (Northampton SC)
  • Hannah Russell (COMAST/National Performace Centre Manchester)
  • Toni Shaw (University of Aberdeen Performance)
  • Ellie Simmonds (Camden Swiss Cottage SC)
  • Maisie Summers-Newton (Northampton SC)
  • Alice Tai (National Performance Centre Manchester)
  • Lewis White (City of Derby)

Rob Aubry, British Para-Swimming Head Coach, said: “We have seen some excellent performances at this weekend’s British Para-Swimming International Meet/World Para-Swimming World Series.

“It has shown us that we have many great para-swimmers in this country who can hold their own against, and beat, some of the world’s best.

“We set competitive selection times deliberately to bring out the best in our swimmers and test what they can do in the pressure of the arena, and many rose to that challenge.

“The Europeans will be a challenging meet but I’m certain we have selected the right swimmers for the job. I’m delighted that eight swimmers will be making their debut for the British senior team.”

The World Para Swimming Allianz European Championships will take place at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin from August 13 to 19. More than 550 para-swimmers from 37 countries are set to take part.

It will be the first ever major international para-sport event to take place in Ireland.