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Paralympic sports - 24. May 2007.


A strong British disability squad is set to compete at the German Open Championships starting tomorrow.

Multi-Paralympic medallist  Nyree Lewis feature in a team of mixed experience.

For the British contingent this meet gives them the opportunity to gain further race experience and preparation in what has been a competition training phase for them.

British athletes have been participating in competitive settings over a number of weeks, with athletes in different stages in this period of race preparation.

National Performance Director for Disability Swimming, Tim Reddish, highlighted the significance of the meet for the British swimmers.

"After what has been a heavy period of competition for our athletes, beginning with the VISA Paralympic World Cup for some, the German Open will give athletes and coaches an idea of how their race preparation has faired," he said.

"It will be interesting to see how the performances of the swimmers vary as they are all at different stages of training at the moment."

"This competition is very well organised, and we have taken a cross section of athletes with us. The facility is one of the best in the world, and no extensive travelling has been involved making it an ideal meet for us."

The British Female squad is as follows:

Danielle Watts (Oxford SC)
Claire Warne (Luton SC)
Rhiannon Henry (Swansea Performance)
Eleanor Simmonds (Boldmere)
Louise Watkin (Redhill and Reigate)
Nyree Lewis (Leominster Kingfisher)
Claire Cashmore (Kelly College)
Emma Cattle (Kelly College)
Heather Frederiksen (Eccles)

Results and further information can be found on http://mysql.snafu.de/idm-schwimmen/

Competition runs from 24-27 May.


For more information contact British Swimming Media Assistant Stephanie West on 01509 632236, or e-mail stephanie.west@swimming.org
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