Bethany Firth Para-Swimmer

  • DOB

    None
  • Coach

    Nelson Lindsay
  • Club

    Ards SC
  • Main event

    200m Freestyle
  • Best result

    Paralympic Champion
  • Medals (INT/NAT)

    • 21
    • 15
    • 3
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Bethany Firth MBE is a multiple world record holder and Paralympic champion who achieved the feat of being ParalympicsGB's most decorated athlete for the Rio 2016 Games.

The 2019 season was an outstanding one for Firth, who claimed two gold medals in the S14 100m Backstroke and Mixed S14 4x100m Freestyle Relay events at the World Para Swimming Championships in London, as well as silvers in the S14 200m Individual Medley and S14 200m Freestyle finals. 

A three-medal haul at the British Para-Swimming International Meet in 2018 - which included gold in the MC 200m Individual Medley - secured Firth's selection for the 2018 European Para Swimming Championships in Dublin. 

Those Europeans saw the versatile Ards SC athlete pick up an eye-catching four titles, with individual gold medals won in the S14 200m Freestyle, S14 100m Backstroke and SM14 200m Individual Medley events, as well the Mixed 4x100m Freestyle crown - a win that saw the British quartet set a new world record - an S14 100m Butterfly silver and bronze in the SB14 100m Breaststroke.  

The multiple Paralympic Champion stood on the top of the podium twice at the 2017 British Para-Swimming International Meet and lowered the world record in the 100m Butterfly,  a new event to the S14 programme at the time. 

A strong start to 2016 for Firth saw her collect four medals at the British Para-Swimming International Meet in Glasgow - including two golds in the Women's MC 200m Freestyle and MC 200m Individual Medley - before two European silvers ahead of her second Paralympics, in Rio.

The 2016 Paralympic Games brought a trio of titles for the Seaforde-born swimmer, including the defence of the S14 100m Backstroke gold she won at London 2012. She also claimed gold medals in the S14 200m Freestyle and SM14 200m Individual Medley, on top of a SB14 100m Breaststroke silver, during a hugely successful first major competition swimming for Britain. 

In 2015, Firth added to her ever-growing medal tally with two golds and a silver at the British Para-Swimming International Meet in Glasgow, a return that qualified her for her second World Championships, only for a wrist injury to force her to withdraw from the squad. She did, though, set the S14 100m Backstroke and S14 100m Freestyle world records during this year. 

While she was ineligible to compete for Britain at the Europeans, Firth made an impact on the domestic stage in 2014, winning four golds at the British Para-Swimming International Swimming Meet in Glasgow. She also competed in six individual events and two relays for Northern Ireland at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

In 2013, she won three silver medals on her World Para Swimming Championship debut in Montreal, touching second in the 100m Breaststroke, 100m Backstroke and 200m Freestyle. Before the close of the year, Firth chose to swim for Great Britain.

Firth’s first international outing came at just 16 years old when she clinched a surprise gold in the S14 100m Backstroke at London 2012 when representing Ireland, having won 200m Freestyle silver on her European Para Swimming Championship debut in Berlin the previous season.

Long Course
Event Year Time/Score Record
S14 50m Freestyle 2016 26.25
S14 100m Freestyle 2015 56.30 WR
S14 200m Freestyle 2016 2:02.09 WR
S14 50m Backstroke 2017 30.57
S14 100m Backstroke 2015 1:04.05 WR
SB14 50m Breaststroke 2015 27.62
SB14 100m Breaststroke 2016 1:12.89
SM14 200m Individual Medley 2016 2:19.55
Mixed S14 4x100m Freestyle Relay 2019 3:42.21 WR
Paralympic Games
Event Year Time/Score Result
S14 200m Freestyle Rio - 2016 2:03.30 Gold
S14 100m Backstroke 2016 - Rio 1:04.05 Gold
SB14 100m Breaststroke 2016 - Rio 1:12.89 Silver
SM14 200m Individual Medley 2016 - Rio 2:19.55 Gold
S14 100m Backstroke 2012 - London 1:08.93 Gold
IPC World Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
S14 200m Individual Medley 2019 - London 2:23.04 Silver
Mixed S14 4x100m Freestyle Relay 2019 - London 3:42.21 Gold
S14 100m Backstroke 2019 - London 1:05.97 Gold
S14 200m Freestyle 2019 - London 2:06.18 Silver
S14 200m Freestyle 2013 - Montreal 2:11.91 Silver
S14 100m Backstroke 2013 - Montreal 1:07.41 Silver
SB14 100m Breaststroke 2013 - Montreal 1:18.74 Silver
European Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
S14 200m Freestyle 2018 - Dublin 2:05.41 Gold
S14 100m Backstroke 2018 - Dublin 1:04.23 Gold
SB14 100m Breaststroke 2018 - Dublin 1:16.84 Bronze
S14 100m Butterfly 2018 - Dublin 1:05.43 Silver
SM14 200m Individual Medley 2018 - Dublin 2:22.82 Gold
Mixed 4x100m Freestyle 2018 - Dublin 3:46.25 Gold
S14 100m Breaststroke 2016 - Funchal 1:14.31 Silver
S14 200m Individual Medley 2016 - Funchal 2:21.24 Silver
S14 200m Freestyle 2011 - Berlin 2:20.33 4th
S14 100m Backstroke 2011 - Berlin 1:11.43 Silver
SB14 100m Breaststroke 2011 - Berlin 1:27.96 7th
British Para-Swimming International Meet
Event Year Time/Score Result
MC 100m Backstroke 2018 - Sheffield 1:04.74 Silver
MC 100m Breaststroke 2018 - Sheffield 1:18.32 12th
MC 100m Butterfly 2018 - Sheffield 1:06.80 Bronze
MC 200m Individual Medley 2018 - Sheffield 2:25.43 Gold
MC 200m Freestyle 2017 - Sheffield 2:04.31 Gold
MC 100m Backstroke 2017 - Sheffield 1:05.33 4th
MC 100m Butterfly 2017 - Sheffield 1:04.62 Gold
MC 200m Freestyle 2016 - Glasgow 2:03.70 Gold
MC 100m Backstroke 2016 - Glasgow 1:05.65 Silver
MC 100m Breaststroke 2016 - Glasgow 1:13.99 Silver
MC 200m Individual Medley 2016 - Glasgow 2:21.93 Gold
MC 100m Backstroke 2015 - Glasgow 1:04.70 Silver
MC 100m Breaskstroke 2015 - Glasgow 1:15.04 Gold
MC 200m Individual Medley 2015 - Glasgow 2:24.89 Gold
MC 200m Freestyle 2014 - Glasgow 2:05.93 Gold
MC 100m Backstroke 2014 - Glasgow 1:06.00 Gold
MC 100m Breaststroke 2014 - Glasgow 1:17.07 Gold
MC 200m Individual Medley 2014 - Glasgow 2:24.89 Gold
MC 200m Freestyle 2012 - Sheffield 2:15.58 Silver
MC 100m Backstroke 2012 - Sheffield 1:09.00 Gold
MC 100m Breaststroke 2012 - Sheffield 1:21.85 Bronze