Britain’s second National Paralympic Day took place on Saturday 30 August at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
As part of the celebrations the GBR Para-Swimming Team were in action in a battle against the swimming stars of Europe, in front of a noisy crowd in the London Aquatics Centre.
The day was made up of a morning session and afternoon session, and GB’s Alice Tai kicked off the day with victory in the S9-10 100m Backstroke.
The team’s success continued with Tully Kearney winning MC 400m Freestyle, Scott Quin taking top spot in the MC 100m Breaststroke, and Andrew Mullen swimming to victory in the MC 50m Backstroke.
Jessica-Jane Applegate led a GB 1-2-3 in the 200m Freestyle while Amy Marren won the MC 200m IM heading up a GB top four finish.
Europe claimed the final two relay races of the morning to narrow the gap at the halfway stage, but having won eight of the morning’s 14 races, GB went into the afternoon session with a 36-point lead.
The excitement built in the afternoon session, with Ben Procter, Jack Thomas and Craig Harris producing another GB 1-2-3 in the 200m Individual Medley, before GB’s Bethany Firth, Applegate and Chloe Davies repeated the result in the women’s race.
Europe tried to pull it back in the relay races, winning the women’s 34 point 200m Freestyle but GB struck back in the men’s equivalent and in the Mixed S14 200m Freestyle.
At the end of a thrilling and enjoyable day, with fantastic swimming, the host nation were presented with the winning trophy having beaten Europe by 292 points to 229.