Northants Para – Swimmer Selected for the England Commonwealth Games Team!
Posted: Wed, 10 Jan 2018 10:00
Ellie Robinson of Northampton Swimming Club has been selected to represent Team England at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games which is being held in Queensland, Australia from the 4th to the 15th April of this year.
The 16 – year old para – swimmer from Northampton who won a Gold medal in the S6 classification 50m Butterfly and Bronze in the 100m Freestyle at the 2016 Rio Paralympics will be competing as an S7 swimmer due to the fact that there isn't currently any S6 events included in the Commonwealth Games schedule. However she still managed to achieve the times required to be considered for selection during a number of impressive performances in 2017.
Robinson will be part of a strong looking England team which is comprised of 39 swimmers in total including Olympic champion and World Record Holder Adam Peaty. There's also quite a few of her team mates from the Rio Paralympics including Thomas Hamer and Alice Tai.
Ellie will be hoping to continue the fantastic form she finished 2017 with in to the Games as she broke 3 Short Course World Records in the 50m Butterfly, 50m and 100m Freestyle at the National Para – Swimming Championships in Manchester.
A delighted Robinson told Northampton's Chronicle and Echo:
"I'm looking forward to the Commonwealth Games because it's an opportunity to race on the big stage again, as well as racing with the Olympic swimming team for the first time."
"It's a chance to compete for England and relive the excitement of a major competition."
"I feel very lucky to be selected as I'll be swimming in the S7 classification, this is a more difficult class and I'll have to step up to the challenge."
Anyone with a disability who may of been inspired by Ellie's achievements and has a New Year's resolution to either follow in her footsteps by becoming a para – swimmer, or would like to learn to swim should contact Northampton Swimming Club on firstname.lastname@example.org 01604 622264 for more information.