17th May 2016
On Monday, the BPA announced the 31 swimmers who will compete for ParalympicsGB at Rio 2016, of which, 4 have been selected from clubs in the North East. City of Sunderland’s Matt Wylie and Josef Craig and City of Sheffield’s James Crisp were selected onto the team after they achieved the nomination standard at the British Para-Swimming International Meet in Glasgow 2016 as per the selection policy while Borough of Kirklees Jonathan Booth was also selected after his performance in Glasgow after he achieved a time within 2% of the set benchmark time included within the selection policy (individual).
The news of the athlete’s selection onto the team for Rio is fantastic for the North East and a credit to the hard work they and their coaches have put in over the last 4 years and our congratulations go to the clubs of the swimmers selected.
When speaking about the team selected for Rio, British Para-Swimming National Performance Director Chris Furber said “We have an exciting and capable team selected for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. At British Para-Swimming we have work consistently on increasing the standards of our team which is reflected in the selection process and it’s a real positive to see 25 athletes achieving the time outright. We had an excellent trials that saw not only our experienced athletes stepping up but also 14 debutants fighting for and deserving their place on the team as well. The athletes know that the hard work doesn’t end at selection and I am confident that every one of them will go back and focus on achieving the necessary gains in their training and be ready to perform at their best in Rio.”
British Para-Swimming Head Coach Rob Greenwood said: “Over the last two and a half years the selection criteria that has been put in place has been challenging. This year’s selection policy was very similar to the one for last year’s World Championships where we had 14 outright qualifiers whereas this year we have had 25 and selected 31 athletes. Last year we created a clear ethos for the team and that has led to athletes really aspiring to be part of that. It’s a really focused group of athletes and there is no complacency at all in terms of being selected and job done. There is a focus around going to the Games and delivering life time best performances.”
For more information on the other swimmers selected for the team, please click here.