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The Search for New Para - Swimming Stars Begins

Posted: Wed, 01 Feb 2017 10:31

The Search for New Para - Swimming Stars Begins

The Amateur Swimming Association, Northampton Swimming Club and Northamptonshire Sport have worked in partnership to arrange a Para - Swimming Talent Identification and Skills Festival for disabled swimmers to be held at Northampton School for Boys (NN1 5RT) on Friday 17th February 11am - 1:30pm.

This free event is open to any young person with a physical disability (including Cerebral Palsy, Amputees, spinal injuries, Dwarfism, Polio, Spina Bifida, Multiple Sclerosis, or Arthrogryposis) and or visual impairment up to the age of 16 who is either new to disability swimming, or would like to do some more. They must be able to swim a minimum of 15 Metres and be comfortable doing so in deep water.

It was at this event in 2012 that the talent of Northampton para – swimmer Ellie Robinson was first discovered. She was then signposted to Northampton Swimming Club who have helped her to develop over the last four and a half years. This resulted in her winning a Gold medal at the Paralympic Games in Rio last year and was recently rewarded with an MBE in the Queen's New Year honours list.

Maisie Summers - Newton who is also a member of Northampton Swimming Club and attended the Talent ID event with Ellie in 2012 has recently been selected for the British Para - Swimming Podium Potential squad having impressed with medal winning performances at the National School Games and British Championships in 2016.

A number of other talented para – swimmers have been discovered at these events over the last few years. Northamptonshire had seven representatives at the 2016 National Para - Swimming Championships in Manchester of which six had attended an ID day.

Places on the event can be booked online via the Eventbrite website.

For further information about it please contact Graeme Wilson at Northamptonshire Sport on 01604 367953 Graeme.Wilson@firstforwellbeing.co.uk.

Tags: Disability Sport, Featured, Swimming

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