Twenty-four of Britain’s best para-swimmers will be making the short trip to Dublin in August to take on European competition.

The squad includes Rio Paralympic champions Ellie Simmonds, Bethany Firth, Ollie Hynd, Ellie Robinson and Hannah Russell as well as eight swimmers making their British senior debuts.

The squad was selected following the British Para-Swimming International Meet 2018/World Para-Swimming World Series in Sheffield this weekend, where home nations swimmers racked up more than 20 podium places.

Rob Aubry, British Para-Swimming Head Coach said: “We have seen some excellent performances at this weekend’s British Para-Swimming International Meet World Para-Swimming World Series.

“It has shown us that we have many great para-swimmers in this country who can hold their own against, and beat, some of the World’s best.

“We set competitive selection times deliberately to bring out the best in our swimmers and test what they can do in the pressure of the arena, and many rose to that challenge.

“The Europeans will be a challenging meet but I’m certain we have selected the right swimmers for the job. I’m delighted that eight swimmers will be making their debut for the British senior team.”

The full squad is:

  • Jessica-Jane Applegate (UEA Norwich)
  • Jordan Catchpole (UEA Norwich)
  • Stephen Clegg (City of Sunderland ASC)
  • Louise Fiddes (Hatfield)
  • Bethany Firth (ARDS SC)
  • Grace Harvey (National Performance Centre Manchester)
  • Tom Hamer (National Performance Centre Manchester)
  • Ollie Hynd (Nova Centurion)
  • Mikey Jones (National Performance Centre Manchester)
  • Tully Kearney (COMAST)
  • Jacob Leach (Cockermouth SC)
  • Conner Morrison (University of Aberdeen Performance)
  • Andrew Mullen (City of Glasgow)
  • Zara Mullooly (Guildford City Swimming Club)
  • Scott Quin (Warrender Baths Club)
  • Rebecca Redfern (Worcester Swimming Club)
  • Megan Richter (Orion)
  • Ellie Robinson (Northampton SC)
  • Hannah Russell (COMAST/ National Performance Centre Manchester)
  • Toni Shaw (University of Aberdeen Performance)
  • Ellie Simmonds (Camden Swiss Cottage SC)
  • Maisie Summers-Newton (Northampton SC)
  • Alice Tai (National Performance Centre Manchester)
  • Lewis White (City of Derby)

The World Para-Swimming Allianz European Championships will take place at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin from August 13 to 19. More than 550 para-swimmers from 37 countries are set to take part.

It will be the first ever major international para-sport event to take place in Ireland.

Tickets are now on sale with morning sessions costing just EUR 5 for adults, EUR 3 for Under 16s, EUR 10 for family tickets (2 adults and 2 Under 16) and EUR 25 for group tickets (2 adults and 6 U-16).

Tickets for the evening (finals) sessions will cost EUR 10 for adults, EUR 5 for U-16s and EUR 20 for family tickets. Adult competition passes, which give access to every session, are available at just EUR 70 and Under 16 competition passes cost just EUR 20.

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