An 18-strong British contingent has been named to face the rest of the world at the IPC Swimming World Championships from 13 – 19 July in Glasgow.
Four-time Paralympic Champion Ellie Simmonds will be returning to world level competition after securing her place on the team for her fourth World Championships.
Simmonds is excited to return to action in Glasgow for the World Championships and is relishing the chance to face the world just a year out from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
“I’m very excited to be named on the team for the World Championships in Glasgow,” Simmonds said. “It’s so great to be part of a world class team and competing at my fourth World Championships will be a real honour.
“The World Championships always has top class fields with top class athletes. I expect there will be some great racing and great rivalries. This weekend we’ve had the opportunity to race at this pool in Glasgow and it’s given us an advantage, we’re one step ahead of our main rivals.”
Although happy with her performance Simmonds still felt there was some improvements to be made.
“My heat times were faster than my final times and that’s the first that’s ever happened to me. But I’m happy to walk away from this competition with two qualifications and to be representing my country at my fourth world championships here in Glasgow in July and August.
“I always try and enjoy it, that’s the main aim, if you don’t have fun, there’s no point in doing it. This is what I love to do, I love to swim, I’m just going to go out there and enjoy myself.”
Other notable team members include Bethany Firth who is set to make her international debut for Great Britain after breaking three world records on her way to qualifying for the competition. The most experienced member of the team is Sascha Kindred who has competed at every IPC Swimming World Championships in his twenty year career.
National Performance Director Chris Furber believes this team will have the potential to produce results under pressure in Glasgow.
“The team we have selected is strong and reflects the goal of the competition which is to win gold medals and qualifying slots for Rio.
Tickets are now available via www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Glasgow2015
Prices are £10/£15 for Adults for Heats/Finals, while all Under-16s go free
There will be a full preview of the Championships in the June/July issue of PosAbility magazine.