Swimming Action begins at the 2023 World Para Series in Sheffield

Rhys Darbey in action

There were 35 nations represented across the Citi Para Swimming World Series meet, in the first day of action, yesterday, 16h March.  The event is being held in Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield.  World class athletes from Great Britain were on form and competing in this exciting competition.

S14 duo Jordan Catchpole (927) and Louis Lawlor (871) competed well to finish inside the World Series top 10 in their events.

There were also top-10 finishes for  Poppy Maskill (S14) and Jessica-Jane Applegate (S14), while Northampton Swimming Club’s Scarlett Humphrey broke the S11 British record for the second time in a matter of hours, having claimed it for the first time in the morning’s heats.

Scarlett Humphrey said “I’m really pleased. It felt much better than this morning. I’ve not really enjoyed the 100m Freestyle too much previously, but this season, it has really come on. Getting the British record in it and then lowering it is a very special feeling,”.


Maisie Summers-Newton and William Ellard made it double British World Series gold on the opening night of finals coming out on top in the Women’s MC 200m Individual Medley and Men’s MC 100m Freestyle respectively, while Ellie Challis, Grace Harvey, Stephen Clegg and Lyndon Longhorne all took to the World Series podium too.

Maisie came close to her world-record time on the way to a dominant victory in the 200m IM, securing the World Series title – while compatriot Harvey joined her on the podium after claiming bronze.

Maisie Summers-Newton said “I absolutely love breaststroke, it’s my strongest in the IM, and when I’m turning from the backstroke to the breaststroke, that’s when I’m like, ‘come on, I can enjoy the race now!'”

“Having Scarlett next to me was fantastic. She was a little bit faster than me in the heats, so my aim was literally to try to beat her and to get as close as possible. We had a good old race and I managed to catch up with her on the breaststroke, so I’m really pleased.


Grace Harvey, paced her race well to ensure she reached the wall in a time worth 866 points, securing her the World Series bronze by a single point ahead of Bethany Firth, who was well inside the SM14 Worlds qualifying mark.

You can follow all of the action from the World Series here