“This is our first meet of the Tokyo cycle so it’ll lay down performance markers on which to build over the next three years.”
A team of five Irish swimmers are set to compete at the opening meet of the new World Para Swimming World Series in Copenhagen, Denmark between 11-12 March.
The team features Rio 2016 Paralympic bronze medallist Ellen Keane, as well as fellow Paralympians James Scully, and Nicole Turner. They will be joined by upcoming young swimmers Barry McClements, and Patrick Flanagan.
Bringing together some of the biggest competitions on the global calendar, the World Series will take in five countries across Europe and the Americas between March-July, leading into the 2017 World Championships in Mexico City. This first meet in Denmark will see 122 swimmers from 19 countries begin the 2017 international season.
Speaking about the meet Irish team manager Hayley Burke said; “We’re looking forward to racing this weekend at this first World Series event of its kind. This will be the first time for Ellen, Nicole and James to race internationally since Rio and for Barry and Patrick it’s been nearly a year.
“They’re all in key phases of training at the moment so this will test them and showcase where they are at currently in terms of fitness. This is our first meet of the Tokyo cycle so it’ll lay down performance markers on which to build over the next three years.”
Competition runs in Copenhagen on Saturday and Sunday (11-12 March). Heats begin at 9:30am (CET) on both days. The finals take place from 5.00pm Saturday and from 4.00pm Sunday.
The World Series takes place ahead of the 2017 World Para Swimming Championships in Mexico City, from 29 September-6 October.
Sao Paulo, Brazil; Sheffield, Great Britain; Indianapolis, USA; and Berlin, Germany will host competitions between March-July.
The schedule and information about live results can be found at World Para Swimming’s website.
Pictures will be available for download from the Danish Paralympic Committee’s Flickr.