29 April 2019
GB name 24-strong team for World Para Swimming Championships in London
Ellie Simmonds will return to the scene of her crowning glory in the pool after being confirmed in the British squad for the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships in London.
The five-time Paralympic champion is one of 24 swimmers who will get the chance to compete in front of a home crowd at the London Aquatics Centre from 9-15 September.
Simmonds, who swims in the S6 category, set two new world records at the iconic venue when she struck gold in the 400m freestyle and 200m individual medley at the London 2012 Paralympics.
And the 24-year-old will have the opportunity to win more global honours at the pool she now calls home, after securing qualification at the World Para Swimming World Series in Glasgow last week.
On the team selection, head coach Rob Aubry said: “I’m delighted with the team that we have selected to represent Great Britain at the World Championships in London in September.
“We have selected a team that will not just make finals, but challenge for medals in front of a home crowd. With a year to go until Tokyo, we have also selected a couple of new faces onto the team, to gain valuable experience within the final preparation phase.
“These athletes will be working hard on race preparation and learning what it takes to deliver their best performances under pressure.
“We have always delivered strong performances in the female relays but I’m delighted that we’ve been able to select a strong S14 Mixed Relay combination too.
“I’m excited about the prospect of this team and future development of these individuals, as we continue to push these combinations forwards at a global level.”
Simmonds came close to breaking her own British record in the 400m freestyle as she won gold at the four-day event in Glasgow, which doubled up as the British Para Swimming International Meet.
Jessica-Jane Applegate is also in the squad
Elsewhere, Alice Tai, Maisie Summers-Newton and newcomer Reece Dunn all broke world records at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre to secure their selection for London 2019.
The last time the World Para Swimming Championships took place in the UK four years ago, Simmonds, Tai and Jessica-Jane Applegate were amongst the Brits who claimed gold.
They will all once again be aiming for global titles in London, where they will be joined in the squad by the likes of Paralympic medallists Ellie Robinson and Tom Hamer.
Emerging stars such as Ellie Challis and Toni Shaw are also included, along with Louise Fiddes, Bethany Firth, Michael Jones, Megan Richter, Jordan Catchpole, Stephen Clegg and Brock Whiston.
The British Para-Swimming team for the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships:
Jessica-Jane Applegate, England, City of Norwich SC
Jordan Catchpole, England, City of Norwich SC
Stephen Clegg, Scotland, City of Sunderland ASC
Reece Dunn, England, Plymouth Leander SC
Louise Fiddes, England, Hatfield SC
Bethany Firth, England, Newcastle Swim Team
Thomas Hamer, England, Stockport Metro SC
Michael Jones, England, National Performance Centre/COMAST
Scott Quin, Scotland, Warrender Baths
Rebecca Redfern, England, Worcester SC
Megan Richter, England, Orion SC
Eleanor Robinson, England, Northampton SC
Toni Shaw, Scotland, University of Aberdeen
Eleanor Simmonds, England, Camden Swiss Cottage SC
Maisie Summers Newton, England, Northampton SC
Alice Tai, England, Ealing SC
Brock Whiston, England, Barking & Dagenham Aquatics Club
The athletes above gained selection after they achieved the consideration time as per the selection policy (individual).
Stephanie Millward, England, Corsham ASC
Zara Mullooly, England, Guildford City SC
The athletes above gained selection after they achieved the consideration time as per the selection policy (relay).
Ellie Challis, England, Colchester Phoenix ASC
Suzanna Hext, England, Swindon Dolphin ASC
Tully Kearney, England, National Performance Centre/COMAST
Louis Lawlor, Scotland, Glasgow SC
Rhys Davies, Wales, Pembroke & District ASC
The athletes above gained selection at the discretion of the National Performance Director.
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