Thursday, September 15, 2016

Jim Anderson Paralympic Reflections: The para-swimming future is looking bright

It's great to see the golds keep coming but even better are all those PBs. When people's performances are improving all the time it bodes well for the future. I was thrilled to see Ryan Crouch in the Paralympic Team. I remember when he was just starting out as a wee boy. It's great to follow your dreams!

My one regret about Rio is that ParalympicsGB have no swimmers classified lower than S5. And because of that it seems that Channel 4 is not showing many lower classification races. That means I cannot cheer on my former rivals.

But I could cheer on and I am really delighted for Scott Quin that he got a Paralympic record in his breaststroke heats. He always said he wanted to be like me! To follow up a closely fought heat with a closely fought final and come away with silver isn't a bad day's work. And I’m just pleased it was Aaron who took gold if Scott didn't. GB doubles are fine!

Jim Anderson OBE represented Great Britain at six consecutive Paralympic Games, from Barcelona in 1992 to London 2012, after which he announced his retirement.

He has since written  a book entitle, ‘Jim the Swim – A story of determination to live life to the full,’ which is a journey through Jim’s childhood, school days and much celebrated swimming career, which somewhat surprisingly only started at the age of 28.

Copies of Jim’s life story are available from:  or