Para-swimmers to take on Tokyo

10 Sep 2018

Seven young para-swimmers are heading to Japan to gain training and competition experience ahead of Tokyo 2020.

The Paralympic hopefuls, all who have experienced success at the recent Dublin 2018 Europeans, will be embarking on two weeks of training and competition.

The team will head to Tokyo today before moving on to Suzuka and Yokohama where there will be opportunities to train and compete, as well as deal with factors such as jetlag that they will have to experience should they be selected for ParalympicsGB in less than two years time.

Those selected for the camp are:

Jordan Catchpole

Stephen Clegg

Louise Fiddes

Conner Morrison

Zara Mullooly

Toni Shaw

Maisie Summers-Newton

Chris Furber, National Performance Director for British Para-Swimming, said: “It may still be two years to go, but our planning in terms of the Tokyo Paralympics is well advanced.”

“We have seen some great performances, dedication and professionalism across our squad this year and we hope that this camp will give our athletes another chance to pick up some of the skills they need to deliver their goals on the biggest stage.

“By the time our swimmers take to the blocks in Tokyo in 2020 we hope to have given them opportunities and experiences that they will enable them to deal with travel, time changes and a different culture. This means their focus can fully be on the performance in the pool.”