IPC Swimming World Championships: 13-19 July in Glasgow
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IPC Swimming World Championships: 13-19 July in Glasgow

30/03/2015
SPORTS fans will have the chance to relive the atmosphere of last year’s Commonwealth Games at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow’s Tollcross International Centre this summer.
 
The week-long event will see 650 swimmers from 50 countries in action in the same pool that was used during the best ever Commonwealth Games. Across the seven days of competition there will be 172 medals up for grabs with athletes competing in freestyle, breaststroke, butterfly, individual medley, freestyle relay and medley relay across 14 different classes, with distances ranging from 50m-400m.
 
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.
 
Bethany Firth is set to make her international debut for Great Britain after breaking three world records on her way to qualifying for the competition. She dominated the 200m Individual Medley, 100m Backstroke and 100m Breaststroke during the four-day British Para-Swimming International Meet.
 
The most experienced member of the team is Sascha Kindred who has competed at every IPC Swimming World Championships in his twenty year career. 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.
 
Simmonds said: “I’m very excited to be named on the team for the World Championships in Glasgow. 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. It will be tough for anyone to win medals with everyone in the world there. The USA are always strong and the Brazilians will be wanting to swim well ahead of their home Paralympic Games next year so there should be some great races.”
 
Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor Archie Graham, said: “The countdown to the IPC Swimming World Championships is well and truly underway with the world's best para-swimmers set to take to the pool in Tollcross in just three months.
 
"The IPC Swimming World Championships is the biggest para-swimming event outside of the Paralympic Games and brings together 650 of the best, and most inspirational, swimmers for what will be a week-long celebration of world-class sport.
 
"London 2012 was the benchmark in terms of para-sport events but just eight months after delivering the best ever Commonwealth Games, Glasgow is fully focussed on hosting an IPC Swimming World Championships to remember."
 
National Performance Director Chris Furber believes this team will have the potential to produce results under pressure in Glasgow.
 
He said: “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.There were some really excellent performances last week in Glasgow and I know the athletes have gone back to their home programmes to continue to work hard as we move closer to the Worlds.
 
“The expectation is that the standard of Para-Swimming in the lead up to Rio is only going to improve exponentially and we have based our standards this year on this which is why we have a smaller team than previously in this cycle.
 
“Having a smaller team allows us to give focused and individually tailored support to swimmers who have demonstrated gold or multi-medal potential.”
 
Head Coach Rob Greenwood added: “As British Para-Swimming we are in a great place on the coaching front. It was fantastic to see so many of our top coaches at last week’s trials but it did make the process of coach selection a difficult one. 
 
“The coaches selected offer a great variety of experiences, knowledge and personality all adding to the dynamic of the team. I'm sure the coaching team in Glasgow will help our athletes to deliver their peak performance."
 
For further details on tickets please visit www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Glasgow2015

The British Para-Swimming Team consists of: 

James Crisp - City of Sheffield 
Jonathan Fox - City of Manchester Aquatics 
Thomas Hamer - City of Manchester Aquatics/National Performance Centre
Oliver Hynd - Nova Centurion 
Sascha Kindred - Leominster 
Andrew Mullen - Ren 96 
Scott Quin - Warrender Baths Club 
Jack Thomas - Swansea University 
Jessica-Jane Applegate - UEA Norwich 
Claire Cashmore - Wyre Forest SC/ National Performance Centre  
Bethany Firth - Ards SC 
Charlotte Henshaw - Nova Centurion 
Tully Kearney (R) - Boldmere 
Susannah  Rodgers (R) - Beckenham 
Hannah Russell - Woking/National Performance Centre  
Eleanor Simmonds - Loughborough University
Stephanie Slater - Preston SC/National Performance Centre  
Alice Tai - Bournemouth Collegiate School 
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