London 2012 Paralympic Swimming medallists compete in Sheffield
on 23-11-2012 01:00
Over 200 top class disabled swimming stars will take part in the Nationwide Short Course Swimming Championships on 24 and 25 November.
Among the competitors will be many London 2012 Paralympic Games medallists. This is the first national competition since they returned home as champions.
The Championships are a longstanding competition organised by Disability Sport Events (DSE) - an English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) programme. Held at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge International Swimming Pool, this event uses a 25m pool.
As spectators can attend free of charge, everyone is welcome to congratulate the winners from the Paralympic Games in a special victory parade at 1.40pm on Saturday 24 November. The medallists will be presented on poolside before the second session.
Event: Nationwide Short Course Disability Swimming Championships 2012
Venue: Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield
Date: Saturday 24 November
Session one- 9am-midday
Victory parade of medallists 1.40pm
Session two- 2pm-5pm
Sunday 25 November
Session three- 9am- midday
Those competing include London 2012 medallists Josef Craig, Oliver Hynd, Jessica-Jane Applegate, Eleanor Simmonds, Jonathan Fox and Heather Frederikson.
For six times Paralympic champion James Anderson OBE, this event will be even more memorable. His career has spanned over two decades but the S2 swimmer recently announced this will be his last event in the pool. James was the oldest member of the swimming team in London and his career highlights include winning four golds in Athens 2004. The 49 year old has fond memories of Sheffield after competing in national events in the City for numerous years. He comments:
“I love coming to Sheffield- it’s where being part of a team all started for me. I like catching up with old and new friends- whether they are swimmers, coaches, support staff or volunteers. And of course- race fast as well!”
The championships provide a platform for new swimmers to showcase their talent and build on the momentum of the 2012 Games. This event provides an opportunity for these newcomers to compete along their Paralympic heroes and rivals.