Paralympic champions headline squad for swimming World Championships
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