"I can’t wait to get out to Mexico and get ready to compete at the top level again."
British Para Swimming has announced a 26-strong team for the World Para Swimming Championships in Mexico City which takes place from 30 September – 6 October.
The team features eight Paralympic champions including Ollie Hynd, Bethany Firth, Ellie Robinson and Matt Wylie alongside eight athletes making their senior international debuts at a major competition.
The swimmers competed at the British Summer Championships, where 12 programme athletes set new personal best times and three world records were broken in the Ponds Forge pool.
Hynd, who broke the 400m freestyle S8 world record in Sheffield, will be aiming to continue his gold medal streak at World Championships having stood at the top of the podium at his last two outings.
“I can’t wait to get out to Mexico and get ready to compete at the top level again,” Hynd said. “This will be my third World Championships and I will be hoping to retain my title but the first year of the cycle always brings some unknowns so I am making sure I am as prepared for that as possible.
Head coach Rob Aubry has been encouraged by the performances in Sheffield and knows the athletes will face tough competition in Mexico.
“The team we have selected is a strong team based on their impressive performances at the British Summer Championships,” Aubry said.
“In Sheffield, we saw athletes break records and show that they were at their best at the right time. What impressed me the most in Sheffield is that they took on board the importance of the meet and showed the best possible race plan at the right time.
“I'm pleased with the continued progress and the support we are able to put around our athletes. We are continuing to strive to be the best both in and out the water.
“In Mexico we will have a tough challenge and we know there will be some new athletes that our athletes will face. It will be testing environment and athletes will be expected to race consistently while continuing training at a key point in the season.”
More on the British swimming team for Mexico City 2017 can be found on British Swimming’s website
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