"We don’t get many opportunities to compete on a global stage against the world’s best Para swimmers, so it’ll be a great test for all the athletes and hopefully make for a highly competitive, compelling viewing for the fans.”
London looks set to experience the extraordinary as the 2019 World Para Swimming Allianz Championships comes to the British capital from 9 to 15 September.
Taking place at the London Aquatics Centre, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the World Championships is the largest Para swimming competition outside of the Paralympic Games and will see around 600 swimmers from 60 countries compete over the seven days.
Having played host to the London 2012 Paralympic Games swimming events and the scene for so many memorable performances, the London Aquatics Centre will once again welcome the best in the world and ensure the Paralympic legacy lives on.
Many of the athletes who competed there seven years ago are excited to return and compete at such an iconic venue.
Ellie Simmonds, who won two gold medals at the 2012 Games, reflects on what it meant to her to compete once again at the London Aquatics Centre.
“London 2012 was an incredible experience, to represent my country on home soil, and was something I’ll never forget so to get the chance to do it all over again at the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships is pretty special," she said.
"We don’t get many opportunities to compete on a global stage against the world’s best Para swimmers, so it’ll be a great test for all the athletes and hopefully make for a highly competitive, compelling viewing for the fans,” Simmonds added.
Commenting on the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships being hosted in London, Rio Paralympic Gold medallist and British Swimming star Mikey Jones, added:
“The 2019 World Championships is the biggest Para swimming event outside of the Paralympics, so to be competing in such a prestigious competition in London, in front of a home crowd, is an amazing opportunity.
"The World Championships is an especially important event for our Tokyo 2020 preparations, so we’ll all be aiming to win medals and post strong times. We hope to see as many of the British public there as possible to help us achieve this.”
Tickets on sale
The 2019 World Para Swimming Championships also presents athletes with an opportunity to book a place at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. With the stakes so high, this event promises to be of the highest calibre.
Event organisers have set tickets prices starting at £1 (1.1 EUR) for day sessions and £5 (5.5 EUR) for evening sessions, ensuring the event is accessible to all and creates an extraordinary atmosphere.
Tickets are on sale on http://www.seetickets.com/tour/london-2019-world-para-swimming-champs.
London 2019 will be the ninth edition of the World Para Swimming Championships, returning to Great Britain for the second time following the 2015 event in Glasgow.