‘Promising’ team selected for World Para Swimming Championships

A total of 20 English athletes are part of the ‘promising’ team that will compete at this year’s Para Swimming World Championships in Manchester.

They make up the majority of the 28-member British team that will compete in front of a home crowd between Monday 31 July and Sunday 6 August.

For some, this will be the second major home competition in as many years, with Jessica-Jane Applegate, Jordan Catchpole, Louise Fiddes, Poppy Maskill, Rebecca Redfern, Maisie Summers-Newton, Grace Harvey and Alice Tai representing the England team. at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The team also features a host of current talented Swim England Para-Swimming athletes, along with many who have progressed along the way.

William Ellard (U14), Georgia Sheffield (U14), Thomas Nevaro-Barber (U9) and Siena Oxby (U14) will make their senior debut for Great Britain, having earned their chance following performances at the recent Para Swimming test event. World Series meeting in Sheffield.

building towards the future

Commenting on the selections, British Swimming Associate Director of Performance Tim Jones said: “It was fantastic to see the competition thriving in Sheffield, with 35 nations present at the Para Swimming World Series event.

“It provided a great opportunity for our athletes to prove themselves against their international counterparts and against the backdrop that this is our key selection event.

“Now the focus is very much on ensuring this team can produce the best performances of the season when it matters most – on the World Championship stage four months from now.

“The selected British team has a cohort of highly experienced World and Paralympic champions.

“On top of that, it is promising to see the development of a number of athletes who have moved in the right direction since their international debuts in Madeira, and we also welcome a number of new faces to the team as we build towards the future.

“Manchester 2023 is a brilliant opportunity to prepare ourselves one year ahead of Paris 2024, and we will work closely with these swimmers and their local programs to support them over the coming months and ensure they are in a position to bring their best to the fore. in front of a local audience this summer.”

Full British Para Swimming team for the 2023 World Para Swimming Championships:

  • Jessica-Jane Applegate, City of Norwich
  • Jordan Catchpole, Team Waveney
  • Ellie Challis, Manchester British Swimming Performance Center
  • Stephen Clegg, University of Edinburgh
  • Rhys Darbey, Nofio Clwyd
  • Sam Downie, East Lothian
  • William Ellard, San Felix SC School
  • Louise Fiddes, Hatfield SC
  • Bethany Firth, Ards South Carolina
  • Poppy Maskill, Alsager SC/British Swimming Performance Center Manchester
  • Rebecca Redfern, Worcester South Carolina
  • Faye Rogers, University of Aberdeen
  • Toni Shaw, University of Aberdeen
  • Georgia Sheffield, Bolton Metro Swim Team
  • Maisie Summers-Newton, Northampton South Carolina
  • Brock Whiston, Barking and Dagenham AC

Previous athletes earned selection after reaching the consideration time per selection policy (individual) at the test event.

  • Grace Harvey, Manchester British Swimming Performance Center
  • Suzanna Hext, Swindon ASC
  • Louis Lawlor, City of Glasgow ST
  • Scott Quin, University of Edinburgh
  • Alice Tai, Ealing South Carolina
  • Cameron Vearncombe, Plymouth Leander

The athletes listed above won selection at the discretion of the selection panel following the conclusion of the test event.

  • Oliver Carter, University of Stirling
  • Scarlett Humphrey, Northampton South Carolina
  • Tully Kearney, Loughborough University
  • Thomas Nevaro-Barber, Portsmouth Northsea South Carolina
  • Matthew Redfern, Worcester South Carolina

Previous athletes gained selection at the discretion of the selection panel to develop Great Britain’s representation in the relay events.

  • Siena Oxby, Stockport Metro South Carolina

Previous athletes earned selection at the discretion of the selection panel regarding medal potential for the LA 2028 Paralympics.

British Para-Swimming’s selection policies can be found here.


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