Preview: British Para Swimming Winter National Meet
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Paralympic stars and the next generation of world class talent will descend on Wales National Pool Swansea this weekend to battle it out at the British Para Swimming Winter National Meet.
The event is being hosted by Swim Wales for the first time as national para-swimming events return after an 18-month absence. The long-course event will feature a host of Team GB Paralympic heroes and the next crop of podium potential para-swimmers aiming to continue their development.
Double Tokyo gold medallist Maisie Summers-Newton headlines a stellar field of para talent fresh from her Paralympic triumphs, where she set a new world record in the SM6 women’s 200m individual medley at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, setting a new record time of 2:56.68 seconds – 0.22sec inside the previous mark.
Her GB and England teammate Tully Kearney will race in the 100m freestyle after storming to gold in Tokyo and then claiming silver in the S5 200m freestyle. Fellow Paralympic champion Jessica-Jane Applegate of Norwich City SC will race the 100 and 200 free, while Louise Fiddes, who earned a silver and bronze over the summer will take part in the 200 IM, 200 free, 100 back and 100 fly.
Scotland’s Paralympic bronze medallists Scott Quin and Toni Shaw will also race, and are joined by fellow GB Podium Programme swimmers Zara Mullooly and Rebecca Redfern.
Torfaen Dolphins star Dylan Broom will lead the Welsh contingent after his selection to the British Swimming World Class Podium Potential group. The 19-year-old will be aiming to do the double in the 400m and 200m freestyle.
Rhys Davies and Alex Rosser are the other Swim Wales Senior Elite programme athletes racing this weekend, while Meghan Willis, S9 (National Youth Development Squad) and Rebecca Lewis, S10 (National Elite Development Squad) are ones to watch
Swim Wales Performance Director Ross Nicholas said: “Swim Wales are extremely pleased and excited to be hosting this year’s British Para Swimming National Meet at the Wales National Pool, Swansea. It will be a great opportunity to showcase national level para competition within Wales and we very much look forward to working in partnership with British Para swimming, and welcoming para swimmers from across the home nations for two days of exciting competition.”