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Paralympic champions headline squad for swimming World Championships

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A total of eight Paralympic champions headline a 26-strong British Para-Swimming squad heading to Mexico in September for the World Championships.

Ollie Hynd, Bethany Firth, Ellie Robinson and Matt Wylie are among the star names in the club, with 22-year-old Hynd going in search of what would be a fifth world title, in September.

The event runs from September 30 to October 6, with Hynd having already demonstrated his form this year by setting a new 400m freestyle world record at the British Summer Championships, last week.

“I can’t wait to get out to Mexico and get ready to compete at the top level again,” he told British Swimming.

“This will be my third World Championships and I will be hoping to retain my title but the first year of the [Paralympic] cycle always brings some unknowns so I am making sure I am as prepared for that as possible.

“A World Championships is an exciting competition and I love competing at this level.

“Breaking the world record in Sheffield has given me confidence and I’m really pleased to have hit that record again.” Ollie Hynd

Alongside the established British Para-Swimming stars, which also number Jessica-Jane Applegate, Stephanie Millward and Tom Hamer, will be eight athletes pulling on the British colours for the first time in a major senior international competition.

All swimmers competed in the recent British Summer Championships – where three world records were set – with Maisie Summers-Newton among those making her debut.

“I am so excited about qualifying for the World Championships,” she said. “I have worked really hard this year to improve my times enough to qualify and I can’t wait to get on the blocks in Mexico.

“This will be the first time I’ll represent Great Britain at this level so I don’t really know what to expect.

“I want to learn as much as I can from my team-mates and the amazing athletes that will be at the World Championships and use that as I continue to work hard on the path to Tokyo 2020.”

And for head coach Rob Aubry, the performances of Summers-Newton and the new crop of younger athletes coming through the ranks since Rio have given him something to smile about.

“The team we have selected is a strong team based on their impressive performances at the British Summer Championships,” he said.

“In Sheffield, we saw athletes break records and show that they were at their best at the right time. What impressed me the most in Sheffield is that they took on board the importance of the meet and showed the best possible race plan at the right time.

“Sheffield has shown us that we have a strong developing group of athletes challenging for top positions within the program." Rob Aubry - British Para-Swimming Head Coach

“Considering that this is the first year of a cycle, I am pleased that we have seen that it is possible to continue world class performances in year one of the cycle.

“Athletes are focusing on the process goals and executing the race plan."

Full squad for the 2017 World Para Swimming Championships

Jordan Catchpole - UEA Norwich

Stephen Clegg - University of Stirling

Jonathan Fox – National Performance Centre/COMAST

Thomas Hamer - National Performance Centre/COMAST

Oliver Hynd - Nova Centurion

Michael Jones - National Performance Centre

Conner Morrison - University of Aberdeen

Andrew Mullen - City of Glasgow

Scott Quin - Warrender

Lewis White - City of Derby

Matthew Wylie - City of Sunderland

Jessica-Jane Applegate - UEA Norwich

Louise Fiddes - Hatfield

Bethany Firth – National Performance Centre

Stephanie Millward - Corsham

Rebecca Redfern - Worcester City

Megan Richter - Orion

Eleanor Robinson - Northampton 

Hannah Russell - COMAST/Woking

Maisie Summers-Newton - Northampton

Alice Tai - National Performance Centre

Danielle Hartin - Basildon Phoenix

Jacob Leach – Cockermouth

Toni Shaw - Cults Otter

Jack Thomas - Llandudno

Zara Mullooly - City of Guildford

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