London 2012 Paralympic medallist Steph Millward is the latest British Para-swimmer to commit to the national training centre in Manchester.
The 34-year old won three individual silvers in London in the S9 category before claiming four golds at the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal.
"I needed to train somewhere that was motivated in the same way as I am - solely towards the Paralympics," - Steph Millward
While injury and illness has curtailed Millward’s progress for the past two seasons, she was named on the Podium squad by British Para-Swimming for the Rio 2016 season.
“I moved to Manchester because I needed to train somewhere that was motivated in the same way as I am - solely towards the Paralympics,” said Millward.
“I wanted all the swimmers and coaches to be thinking about ways they could get better and things that would produce faster swims.
“I think Manchester will offer me all the things I was missing when I trained anywhere else as well as providing the motivation from the coaches and the other team members."
Millward, who has multiple sclerosis, is the reigning European S9 400m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke champion but saw her new training partner Tully Kearney go faster than her European record on the way to World Championship gold in Glasgow this summer.
Kearney is also closing in on Millward’s European 100m Backstroke record of 1:10.02 with a 1:10.52 effort in Glasgow.
The two could be set to go head-to-head for the first time this season at December’s EFDS National Para-Swimming Championships, while Amy Marren – also a four-time World gold medallist in the S9 class – is also due to compete.