British swimmers fly the flag for learning disability sport

Great Britain’s S14 swimmers continue to lead the way to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games with Jessica-Jane Applegate, Bethany Firth, Tom Hamer, and Scott Quin all selected for the IPC Swimming European Open Championships.

The competition, is set to take place from 30 April – 7 May in Funchal, Madeira and for My Sport, My Voice! Ambassador Bethany Firth it will be her first time competing for Great Britain. Fellow ambassadors Scott Quinn and Tom Hamer will also be competing at the event.

The 25-strong squad will see Paralympic champions Applegate, Firth, Josef Craig and Ollie Hynd teaming up with world champions to take on some the best athletes in the world.

National Performance Director Chris Furber sees this event as a valuable opportunity ahead of Rio 2016.

“This is an exciting team of youth and experience,” Furber said. “More opportunities to race against international competitors is important as we move closer to the Paralympic Games.

“Having five athletes making their senior international debut is great and it’s going to be good to see them taking the step up to a new level. I know our more experienced athletes will be on hand whenever they need advice.

Tracey McCillen, Chief Executive of UKSA said: “The UK Sports Association is delighted to see four swimmers with learning disability selected to represent Great Britain. With Rio just around the corner this will be a great test for them.

“We are especially pleased to see that our Ambassadors, Bethany, Tom and Scott and INAS ambassador, Jessica continue to compete at the very highest level. Their selection in the squad once again proves that they are inspirational role models who demonstrate that, with the right support, people with learning disability can succeed just like anyone else.”