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Hat-trick hero Ollie Hynd amongst European medallists named in ParalympicsGB swimming team for Rio

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on 16-05-2016 14:22

Meet the 31 swimmers who will compete for ParalympicsGB at Rio 2016, including Ollie Hynd who recently returned with three gold medals from the IPC Swimming European Championships to ensure he is one of the few athletes in history to hold Paralympic, World, European and Commonwealth titles at the same time.

Hynd is joined on the team by a formidable list of Paralympic multi-medallists including Ellie Simmonds, Charlotte Henshaw, James Crisp, Claire Cashmore and Sascha Kindred. 

"The competition is getting tougher every time I get in the water but I know how hard I’ve been training so I can only be confident in my preparations." Ollie Hynd

Speaking today, Hynd commented: “I am so proud to be selected for Rio for ParalympicsGB, it is such an honour. The competition is getting tougher every time I get in the water but I know how hard I’ve been training so I can only be confident in my preparations. Rio will be an amazing experience.”

Also selected today was Ellie Simmonds, a household name in the UK following her incredible performances at Beijing in 2008 and at London 2012. 

“It is finally sinking in that I will be going to my third Paralympic Games, and I am so excited." Ellie Simmonds

She said: “It is finally sinking in that I will be going to my third Paralympic Games, and I am so excited. The Paralympic Games is the biggest stage in the world to compete on and I can’t wait for the challenge.”

Charlotte Henshaw, one of the faces of the ‘Supercharge ParalympicsGB’ campaign to galvanise public support for the team, is already veteran of two Paralympic Games. She said today: “I always feel proud to compete for my country but competing for ParalympicsGB is something even more special. I would love to see the public get behind us as we go through our final training and preparations for Rio, and I’d urge people to get involved in the Supercharge campaign.”

“I always feel proud to compete for my country but competing for ParalympicsGB is something even more special." Charlotte Henshaw

Amongst the team there are also some new faces who look set to win medals in Rio. These include 12-year-old Abby Kane, who swept to a British record of 1.11.19 in the S13 100m backstroke at the Para-Swimming trials, Stephen Clegg, brother of track sprinter Libby Clegg and London 2012 swimming medallist James, and 14 year old Ellie Robinson, who took up swimming after watching her now-teammate Ellie Simmonds compete in London. 

Penny Briscoe MBE, ParalympicsGB Chef de Mission for Rio 2016, said:

“I am really excited to announce the swimming team for ParalympicsGB today. This is historically a major medal sport for the team. Recent World and European competitions suggest that we could be looking at a big medal haul once again. Their performances at the recent European Championships have demonstrated the strength in depth that we have in this team and how exceptional these athletes are.

“The pool is one of the many places where competition at every Games just keeps getting tougher and it is going to be a real battleground for our athletes again in Rio." Penny Briscoe

“The pool is one of the many places where competition at every Games just keeps getting tougher and it is going to be a real battleground for our athletes again in Rio. I can’t wait to watch them compete and cheer them on.

“I wholeheartedly congratulate them on their individual achievements to reach this stage of being selected for ParalympicsGB and wish them luck in their final preparations.” 

British Para-Swimming National Performance Director Chris Furber believes that this team is a reflection on the hard work undertaken by the programme over the last two years. 

“We have an exciting and capable team selected for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games,” Furber said. 

“At British Para-Swimming we have work consistently on increasing the standards of our team which is reflected in the selection process and it’s a real positive to see 25 athletes achieving the time outright. 

“We had an excellent trials that saw not only our experienced athletes stepping up but also 14 debutants fighting for and deserving their place on the team as well. 

“The athletes know that the hard work doesn’t end at selection and I am confident that every one of them will go back and focus on achieving the necessary gains in their training and be ready to perform at their best in Rio.” 

British Para-Swimming Head Coach Rob Greenwood said: “Over the last two and a half years the selection criteria that has been put in place has been challenging. This year’s selection policy was very similar to the one for last year’s World Championships where we had 14 outright qualifiers whereas this year we have had 25 and selected 31 athletes. 

“Last year we created a clear ethos for the team and that has led to athletes really aspiring to be part of that. It’s a really focused group of athletes and there is no complacency at all in terms of being selected and job done. There is a focus around going to the Games and delivering life time best performances.”

Today’s announcement brings the number of selected athletes to a total of 81, across the sports of sailing, judo, table tennis, powerlifting, wheelchair rugby, wheelchair basketball (women’s) and swimming.

Selected athletes (swimming):

Andrew Mullen
Hometown: Glasgow               
Training base: Manchester NPC

Aaron Moores
Hometown: Trowbridge                   
Training base: Swansea

Scott Quin
Hometown: Edinburgh                
Training base: Warrender Baths Club, Edinburgh

Jonathan Fox
Hometown: St Stephen, Cornwall    
Training base: Manchester NPC

Ollie Hynd
Hometown: Kirkby In Ashfield         
Training base: Nova Centurion, Mansfield

James Crisp
Hometown: Nottingham                  
Training base: City of Sheffield SC

Tom Hamer
Hometown: Rawtenstall, Lancashire    
Training base: Manchester NPC

Michael Jones
Hometown: New Milton                
Training base: Manchester NPC

Josef Craig
Hometown: Jarrow                    
Training base: City of Sunderland

Matt Wylie
Hometown: Washington              
Training base: City of Sunderland

Ryan Crouch
Hometown: Manningtree                
Training base: Ipswich SC

Susie Rodgers
Hometown: London                 
Training base: Beckenham

Hannah Russell
Hometown: Ottershaw, Surrey      
Training base: Manchester NPC

Ellie Simmonds
Hometown: Aldridge                
Training base: Manchester NPC

Claire Cashmore
Hometown: Kidderminster               
raining base: Manchester NPC

Bethany Firth
Hometown: Seaforde                  
Training base: Ards SC (Ulster)

Charlotte Henshaw
Hometown: Mansfield, Notts                
Training base: Nova Centurion, Mansfield

Harriet Lee
Hometown: Blaydon on Tyne                  
Training base: Manchester NPC

Rebecca Redfern
Hometown: Droitwich                          
Training base: Worcester SC

Stephanie Slater
Hometown: Longridge, Preston        
Training base: Manchester NPC

Abby Kane
Hometown: Largs                    
Training base: Ren 96 Glasgow

Ellie Robinson
Hometown: Northampton          
Training base: Northampton Swimming Club

Jessica-Jane Applegate
Hometown: Great Yarmouth        
Training base: UEA Norwich

Steph Millward
Hometown: Corsham                  
Training base: Manchester NPC

Amy Marren
Hometown: Hornchurch                
Training base: Romford Town SC

Alice Tai
Hometown: New Milton               
Training base: Manchester NPC

The athletes above gained selection after they achieved the nomination standard at the British Para-Swimming International Meet 2016 as per the selection policy.

Jonathan Booth
Hometown: Homlfirth                  
Training base: Huddersfield

Sascha Kindred
Hometown: Hereford                  
Training base: City of Hereford SC

Stephen Clegg
Hometown: Edinburgh              
Training base: East Lothian

Lewis White
Hometown: Swadlincote            
Training base: City of Derby SC

The athletes above gained selection after they achieved a time within 2% of the set benchmark time included within the selection policy (individual).

Tully Kearney
Hometown: Birmingham                 
Training base: Manchester NPC

The athlete above gained selection at the discretion of the National Performance Director as per the selection policy. 

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