Allianz Para Swimming World Championships
31 July - 6 August

Manchester 2023: Newcomers to watch

Six rising Para swimming stars at this year's World Championships who are likely to make the headlines in the future 25 Jul 2023
A young armless male swimmer celebrating in the pool
Joshua Willmer celebrating his gold medal in the men's 100m breaststroke SB8 at last year's Commonwealth Games
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By World Para Swimming

Among the world's best competing at the Manchester 2023 Allianz Para Swimming World Championships, the Manchester Aquatics Centre will also see in action the rising stars in the sport who are likely to make the headlines in the future.

From Colombia to New Zealand, here are three female and three male young athletes to watch out for!

Csenge Hotz (Hungary)

Hotz turned 15 earlier this month and already has a World Championships medal to her name with the bronze in the women’s 400m freestyle S10 at Madeira 2022.

When to watch: women's 400m freestyle S10 – Day 3 (2 August)

Joshua Willmer (New Zealand)

Willmer made his international debut at the Madeira 2022 World Championships at only 17 and a month later he was responsible for one of the five gold medals New Zealand took in the swimming pool at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. 

When to watch: men's 100 m Breaststroke SB8 – Day 7 (6 August)

Kylian Portal (France)

The 16-year-old is tipped to become one the stars of next year’s Paralympic Games hosts. The younger brother of world champion Alex Portal he will be making his second World Championships appearance in Manchester.

When to watch: men's 400m freestyle S13 – Day 6 (5 August)

Lili-Fox Mason (New Zealand)

Another teenage talent coming from New Zealand, Lili-Fox Mason reached two finals in the S10 class on her World Championships debut last year in Madeira, Portugal. 

When to watch: women's 100m butterfly S10 – Day 5 (4 August)

Samuel Oliveira (Brazil)

If Brazil had any doubts about who would replace Paralympic legend Daniel Dias as the star of the S5 class, 17-year-old Oliveira was quick to answer with three gold and two silver medals in his first World Championships last year in Madeira. 

When to watch: men's 50m backstroke S5 – Day 2 (1 August)

Sara Vargas (Colombia)

The youngest athlete at the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games at only 12, Vargas rose to fame with four gold medals in Peru. She made her Paralympic debut in Tokyo and a year later took her first world title in Madeira.

When to watch: 50m freestyle S7 – Day 6 (5 August)

More information about the Manchester 2023 Allianz Para Swimming World Championships can be found here.