S14 swimmers lead the way at British swimming nationals

Bethany Firth won four races and set a new World Record for the S14 200m freestyle

Swimmers with learning disability led the way once again as 25 records were broken at the British National Para-Swimming Championships in Manchester at the weekend.

My Sport, My Voice! Ambassador Bethany Firth set a new World Record for the 200m freestyle in the S14 category for swimmers with learning disability. She also won the 100m backstroke, 100m breaststroke and 200m individual medley.

Fellow Ambassador Tom Hamer won the 100m freestyle with a European Record and INAS Ambassador Jessica-Jane Applegate claimed two World Records in 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly.

Applegate said: “I’m really happy with my swims, which have gone really well. I’m in really heavy training at the moment, but this weekend I’m just going for it. I’ve broken records too, and I need to thank my coach Alex who has just been amazing.

“Next year I’ll be getting my head down, targeting the trials in Glasgow in April for Rio. It’s been good to end the season on a high.”

The event was organised by the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) in partnership with British Swimming. EFDS is a partner of the UK Sports Association and exists to make active lives possible and ensure that millions of disabled people can lead active lifestyles.