Bethany Firth Para-Swimmer

  • DOB

  • 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 multiple Paralympic Champion and became the most decorated ParalympicsGB athlete at Rio 2016.

Firth missed the opportunity to race on the international stage in 2017 but secured her selection for the World Para Swimming European Championships in Dublin this summer after she claimed a trio of medals at the British International, which included gold in the 200m Individual Medley.

Dublin 2018 saw Firth win a four European titles including gold in the newly introduced S14 Mixed 4x100m Freestyle relay that saw the GBR quartet set a new World record. She was also part of two British clean sweeps of the European Championships podium in the S14 events.

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 which is a new event to the S14 programme. 

A strong start to 2016 for Firth saw her collect four medals at the British Para-Swimming International Meet in Glasgow including two gold in the Women's MC 200m Freestyle and the 200m Individual Medley. She went on to a further two European silvers in Funchal before travelling to Rio where she won three Paralympic titles and a silver.

Firth (Northern Ireland) had an impressive year in 2015 taking three medals at the British Para-Swimming International meet in Glasgow, coming away with two golds and a silver and qualifying for her second IPC World Championships. Unfortunately, she was forced to withdraw after suffering a wrist injury.

Firth rounded off the year at the National Championships at the Manchester Aquatics centre in December with a new World record in the S14 200m Freestyle.

While she was ineligible to compete for Great 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 IPC Swimming World 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 100m Backstroke at London 2012, having won 200m Freestyle silver on her IPC Swimming European 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