The British Paralympic Association confirmed today that the 26 swimmers who were named in April this year as selected subject to confirmation of slots by the IPC Swimming, have been formally accepted and will compete for ParalympicsGB at London 2012.
In April, 16 British swimmers, including double Paralympic gold medallist Ellie Simmonds, were officially selected for ParalympicsGB for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
A further 26 nominations from British Swimming were accepted by the BPA’s Qualification and Selection Panel subject to formal confirmation of the slots made available for London 2012 by IPC Swimming. These slots have now been confirmed and the swimmers have therefore been accepted as full team members.
ParalympicsGB Chef de Mission Craig Hunter said, “Today’s announcement just confirms that ParalympicsGB will have one of the strongest swimming teams in the world at London 2012.
“The competition in Paralympic swimming is increasing with every Games, but this team is one of the strongest we have ever fielded and it has genuine strength in depth across all 44 athletes.
“I have every confidence in the people we have selected and I am excited to see how all these outstanding swimmers perform in just under 100 day’s time.”
National Performance Director John Atkinson said, “It is great news that nominated swimmers have today been confirmed as competing for ParalympicsGB at this summer’s Paralympic Games.
“Although we were confident that we would get the slots, it is so exciting that they can now celebrate. That we can also include an additional two athletes who show really strong potential is the icing on the cake.”
Today’s announcement means the swimming team for ParalympicsGB will number 44 and the total number of athletes in ParalympicsGB reaches 175.
Female athletes confirmed:
Lizzie Flint, Sportsister
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