23rd November 2014
AFTER a weekend of hectic 7.30am starts, British Para-swimming can certainly hold their heads high as they are certainly on track for the big goal of the Paralympic games in RIO 2016.
The event witnessed six world, eleven European and an extensive amount of British records broken as the swimmers backed up their 2012 tag line as ‘The Superhumans’. Heading the success of the weekend was one of the most experienced and proven swimmers Sascha Kindred. Kindred broke two British records in the S6 100m Freestyle (1:08:91) and S6 400m Freestyle (5:10:77), as well as breaking a world record int he SM6 Individual Medley (2:39:27). Kindred spoke to EFDS’s Sarah Marl:
“I’ve never stopped learning my trade so to break another world record is something I’m very proud of and it shows there’s still room for improvement for the older swimmer!”
Doing it for the youngster’s, Jessica-Jayne Applegate (18 year old), who established herself as an elite performer in the S14 20m Freestyle race 2012 Paralympic games, beat her own record from that very event at the weekend (2:10:06) to set a new world record. It’s safe to say our eyes will be fixed on her performance in RIO.
Not only were the big names performing out of their skin, but many youth swimmers as young as twelve competed for their region showing that British para-swimming’s success should be maintained for many years to come. It’s clear to see the structures that are in place for recruiting and classifying are at their highest to produce the best talent pools in the world.
Volunteers and officials came together to make the event a big success, headed by Jannine Walker who is the EFDS (English Federation for Disability Swimming) National Events Manager, and in certainly ran a tight ship amongst all the madness.
To read more about the success of the weekend follow the link below.