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London 2012 Paralympic Swimming medallists compete in Sheffield

Heather Frederiksen

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. 
 
Details are: 
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 
Photographs available. Interviews are not available during this time. 
 
Those competing include Josef Craig (gold S7, 400m Freestyle), Oliver Hynd (gold SM8 200m IM, silver in S8 400mFreestyle and S8 bronze 100m back), Jessica-Jane Applegate (gold S14, 200m Freestyle), Eleanor Simmonds (gold SM6 200m IM and 400m Freestyle, silver in 100m Freestyle and bronze 50m Freestyle), Jonathan Fox (gold S7 Back) and Heather Frederikson (gold S8 Back, three silvers in S8 100m Freestyle , 400m Freestyle and 4x100m medley relay 34pts)  
 
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. 
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. 
 
Details are: 
 
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. 

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