Last week, (17th-22nd August) a team of 15 GB swimmers aged 14-23 competed in the World Deaf Swimming Championships, finishing 7th in the medal rankings with 1 Gold, 1 Silver and 4 Bronze.
Prior to the event coach Sam Chamberlin was confident that “all swimmers have the talent to make finals, break records and achieve medals.” His confidence was well founded, with Great Britain representing in 37 out of 45 finals, coming 1st in one event, 2nd in another, 3rd in four events and 4th-8th another 32 finals over the week which more than exceeded expectations of “improving the standards set at the last world championships in Portugal with more finals, records and medals." The team achieved many many national records- and a handful of world and European records.
The golden girl of the weekend, which was her first world championships, was 6”4 Danielle Joyce, a student of Stirling university who won Gold in the 100m back, in a world record time of 1:06.35, silver in the 50m back, and bronze in the 200m back. She swam 20 times overall that weekend, including heads, finals, and semifinals.
Jack McCormish was also very successful, achieving Bronze in the 400m freestyle, and 400m IM.
Both McCormish and Joyce, alongside Emily Noden and Tom Baxter, were part of the GB team which won bronze in the mixed freestyle relay, behind Russia and Ukraine in a time of 3:57.79.
It was wonderful to see these swimmers, some as young as 14, and others more experienced at 23, swimming in international events and excelling. We at SwimExpert are hopeful to see other events in the near future as you gear up for Rio next summer!
ffor those who may be interested, we have several instructors who have experience in teaching those with hearing impairment, and other disabilities, either for your first lesson and learning the basics, or for those who are competitive elite swimmers who want to tweak their technique. Contact 03301112929 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.