Thursday, February 12, 2015

Swimming stars Keri-anne Payne and Scott Quin rally Scottish support with 150 days to go to the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow

“The IPC Swimming World Championships will allow me to test myself against the best swimmers in the world" Scott Quin

Edinburgh’s IPC Swimming European silver medallist Scott Quin and Beijing Olympic open water silver medallist Keri-anne Payne, are predicting another great summer of sporting action in Scotland, at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow from 13-19 July.

Quin who won his first international medal in the SB14 100m breaststroke at the IPC Swimming European Championships in 2014, is hoping to be selected for the GB team in Glasgow, where he will aim to make his mark on the world stage.

Quin said, “The IPC Swimming World Championships will allow me to test myself against the best swimmers in the world and will be a great way for me to measure where I am with a year to go until Rio.

“Training with Keri-anne will definitely help me prepare for the IPC Swimming World Championships. She is a double world champion and an Olympic medallist and I’m learning a lot from her.”

Payne, the former double open water world champion, trains with Quin in Edinburgh, and although she competes in abled-bodied disciplines and he is a para-swimmer, both share the same goal of winning world championship medals this year and ultimately Olympic and Paralympic medals in Rio 2016.

Payne said, “It’s fantastic that the IPC Swimming World Championships are coming to Glasgow this summer.

“After the huge success of Glasgow 2014 it’s great that people will get another opportunity to see world-class swimming in Scotland and I hope they’ll turn out to support the GB team.

“I’ll be cheering on Scott as he aims for his first world championship medal this year.”

Friday 13th February, marks 150 days to go until the IPC World Championships, which will take place at Glasgow’s Tollcross International Swimming Centre, from 13-19 July.

The week-long meet will see 650 swimmers from 50 countries in action, and there will undoubtedly be some exceptional performances in the pool.

The IPC World Championships, staged every two years, is the biggest event on the calendar for para-swimming outside of the Paralympic Games.

The GBR Para-Swimming Team is likely to include four-time Paralympic Champion Ellie Simmonds, Paralympic, World and Commonwealth Champion Ollie Hynd and seven-time European Champion Stephanie Slater.

In addition, some of the World’s best para-swimmers including 12-time Paralympic Gold Medallist Jess Long (USA), eight-time Paralympic Champion Jacqueline Freney (AUS), Paralympic and World Champion Marc Evers (NED) and three-time Paralympic Champion Andre Brasil (BRA) are expected to attend.

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.

Tickets are now available via  

Prices are £10/£15 for Adults for Heats/Finals, while all Under-16s go free (t&c’s apply).