Bethany Firth MBE from Seaforde, County Down has been selected to a Para-swimming squad featuring eleven returning Paralympians and twelve debutants as part of the ParalympicsGB team set to compete at the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 this summer.
Congratulating Bethany on her selection, Kevin O’Neill, Chief Executive Officer of Disability Sport NI says,
“Congratulations to Bethany Firth MBE on being announced as part of the Paralympics GB squad competing in Tokyo this Summer. The team at Disability Sport NI has enjoyed watching Bethany's swimming career go from strength to strength and having secured four gold medals and one silver medal to date in London and Rio, Bethany will certainly be one to watch in Tokyo.”
British Para-Swimming Performance Director, Chris Furber said:
“The last 18 months have been challenging for everyone in the country but thanks to the Elite sport exemption we have been able to maintain some consistency in our preparation for Tokyo.
“I’m delighted to be able to get to the point of ParalympicsGB announcing these 23 swimmers who will complete in Tokyo in 55 days’ time. The team is a terrific blend of knowledge and experience with eleven swimmers having competed before at a Paralympic Games and twelve making their Paralympic Debut. Injury and Classification challenges have hit the team hard this season but we are determined to go to Tokyo and show the resilience to deliver our best possible performance.”
ParalympicsGB Chef de Mission, Penny Briscoe, said:
“Swimming has consistently been a hugely successful sport for ParalympicsGB with Rio 2016 being an incredible high point as the squad amassed 47 medals with countless moments in the aquatic centre that will live long in my memory.
“I am confident this brilliant squad of athletes will have that single-minded focus to once again achieve their personal best performances to excite and inspire the British public at Tokyo 2020. I also want to take this opportunity to thank the athletes and support staff for their tireless work to prepare for the Games amidst such challenging circumstances.”
A total of around 240 athletes from 19 sports are expected to make up the British team that will compete in Japan, with further names to be announced in the coming weeks.
ParalympicsGB captured the imagination of the British public at London 2012 winning 120 medals in front of sell-out crowds with countless memorable performances.
The team eclipsed that performance at Rio 2016 winning an outstanding 147 medals including 64 golds to finish second in the overall medal table. The rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will be staged from 24th August to 5th September.
The ParalympicsGB Swimming team
Jessica-Jane Applegate, City of Norwich (S14, SB14, SM14)
Jordan Catchpole, Team Waveney (S14, SB14, SM14)
Ellie Challis, Manchester NPC (S3, SB2, SM3)
Stephen Clegg, Edinburgh University (S12, SB12, SM12)
Reece Dunn, Plymouth Leander (S14, SB14, SM14)
Louise Fiddes, Hatfield SC (S14, SB14, SM14)
Bethany Firth, Ards SC (S14, SB14, SM14)
Thomas Hamer, Manchester NPC (S14, SB14, SM14)
Grace Harvey, Manchester NPC (S6, SB5, SM6)
Suzanna Hext, Manchester NPC/Swindon ASC (S5, SB4, SM5)
Tully Kearney, Manchester NPC (S5, SB4, SM5)
Louis Lawlor, City of Glasgow ST (S14, SB14, SM14)
Lyndon Longhorne, Cockermouth SC (S4, SB3, SM4)
Stephanie Millward, Bath University (S9, SB8, SM9)
Conner Morrison, Aberdeen University (S14, SB14, SM14)
Andrew Mullen, City of Glasgow ST (S5, SB4, SM5)
Scott Quin, Edinburgh University (S14, SB14, SM14)
Becky Redfern, Worcester SC (S13, SB13, SM13)
Ellie Robinson, Northampton SC (S6, SB6, SM6)
Hannah Russell, Manchester NPC (S12, SB12, SM12)
Toni Shaw, Aberdeen University (S9, SB9, SM9)
Ellie Simmonds, Camden Swiss Cottage (S6, SB6, SM6)
Maisie Summers Newton, Northampton SC (S6, SB6, SM6)