Para-swimmers set for Berlin World Series contest

30 Mar 2022

Twelve British para-swimmers are ready to take to the pool across four days of competition at Berlin’s Schwimm- und Sprunghalle in the Europasportpark (SSE).

The German capital has been part of the World Series programme since the inaugural season in 2017, and as the fourth leg on the calendar of such events this year it presents the twelve travelling Brits with the opportunity to access further high quality race exposure.

Hannah Russell heads into the meet having already topped a 2022 World Series podium - with victory in the Women's MC 100m Backstroke in Aberdeen - and is joined by fellow Paralympic Champion Tully Kearney, who is returning to international competition for the first time since her Tokyo 2020 success.

Tully Kearney S5 100m Freestyle Tokyo 2020 GOLD [Getty]
Tully Kearney

Eight members of the British cohort in Germany have been selected to represent Great Britain the World Championships in June, and Berlin provides a perfect test against a strong international field for the athletes to put into practice the developments and progress made in the early part of the season.

Tom Hamer, who is among those preparing for the world's in Madeira, commented on his excitement at heading out to Berlin in a wide ranging interview with BBC Radio Lancashire this earlier week :

"I actually cannot wait, it's great to be about to get on that plane to Berlin and get some racing done. To be racing against my international competitors is something I'm most excited for.

"Chatting with my coach it's very much an opportunity for me to get into that racing mindset, go through the race day plan and challenge myself with a busy programme to prepare me for the summer."

Competing at the Para Swimming World Series Berlin, 31st March - 3rd April:

  • Oliver Carter
  • Natalia Chociaj
  • Thomas Hamer
  • Grace Harvey
  • Tully Kearney
  • Jack Milne
  • Leah O'Connell
  • William Perry
  • Matthew Redfern
  • Rebecca Redfern
  • Hannah Russell
  • Zach Washington-Young

Full details of the event, including start lists, results and livestreaming can be accessed on the IDM Berlin 2022 website.