Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mullen and Quin among Strong British contingent named for Europeans

“This meet is about gaining experience and learning ahead of Rio so we can see where our athletes are and how we can continue to improve." Rob Greenwood, Head Coach

The British Gas GBR Para-Swimming Team has been named for the 2014 IPC Swimming European Championships in Eindhoven. 

Andrew Mullen and Scott Quin will appear alongside double Paralympic Champion Ellie Simmonds who will lead the team into action after qualifying in three events at the British Para-Swimming International Meet.

Simmonds will be competing in her third European Championships and will be eager to retain her two titles in the S6 400m Freestyle and SM6 200m Individual Medley.

“I’m very excited to represent Great Britain at my third Europeans and go back to the pool at Eindhoven which we had our World Championships at in 2010,” Simmonds said.

“My 50m Free personal best still stands from that competition. We’ve got an amazing team going as well so I’m really looking forward to this summer. 

“We’ve got some amazing athletes on the team this year. Steph Slater swam a world record in the 100m Fly in Glasgow and she looked incredible in the pool. And then we’ve got youngsters like Amy Marren who is a four-time World Champion and Alice Tai who has qualified for her first major competition.

“It’s great to see the youngsters coming through for the future but also it’s nice to have the legends like Sascha Kindred and James Crisp still representing the team and competing for Great Britain.”

The world record holder is joined by world champion Steph Slater and Paralympic Champions Jon Fox and Ollie Hynd and multi-Paralympic medallist Sascha Kindred, who will be going to his sixth Europeans.

Slater, who broke the S8 100m Butterfly world record in Glasgow, qualified in five events of the six she swam during the British Para-Swimming International Meet and showed she has begun to make her mark on the international circuit.

“It’s an amazing feeling to have been selected for my first European Championships,” Slater said. “Hopefully I can build on what I did at Worlds last year.

“I’m really happy with how everything went this week. I’ve never done two competitions back-to-back before so having to do a split taper has been interesting and obviously it has paid off here so I’m really happy.

“I got five out of my six qualification times so maybe I’ll swim all of them in Eindhoven but we’ll see what works with the schedule.”

Four-time World Champion Amy Marren secured her place on the team for her first European Championships and world medallists Andrew Mullen and Hannah Russell will return to the Europeans eager to add to their medal tallies.

Head Coach Rob Greenwood said: “We have selected a strong team of athletes that have got a good mix of youth and experience. It’s good to see the likes of Sascha Kindred and Matthew Walker going to their sixth and fourth European Championships respectively while we have a number of athletes are attending their first Europeans.

“This meet is about gaining experience and learning ahead of Rio so we can see where our athletes are and how we can continue to improve. Some of our athletes’ main rivals are European so it will be a good opportunity to put in good races and see where they are at against some of the best athletes in the world.”

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The British Gas GBR Para-Swimming Team consists of:

Jack Bridge         

Josef Craig         

James Crisp        

Jonathan Fox     

Thomas Hamer

Craig Harris        

Kahoru Harazawa            

James Hollis       

Oliver Hynd        

Sascha Kindred  

Aaron Moores   

Andrew Mullen  

Scott Quin          

Jack Thomas      

Matthew Walker             

Robert Welbourn             

Matthew Wylie

Gemma Almond

Jessica-Jane Applegate

Claire Cashmore

Chloe Davies

Charlotte Henshaw

Eleni Papadopoulos

Nicole Lough

Amy Marren

Stephanie Millward

Susie Rodgers

Hannah Russell

Eleanor Simmonds

Stephanie Slater

Alice Tai 

Coaches selected for the team are:

Graeme Smith

Dave Evitts

Billy Pye

Steve Bayley

Danny Thompson

Rob Aubry

For  more information, please contact Gemma Field, Senior Communications Officer on gemma.field@swimming.org or 07917 726431

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