Teenage record breakers Rebecca Redfern and Eleanor Robinson have both been named on a youthful British team for the 2016 IPC Swimming European Championships in Madeira, Portugal.
The 25-strong squad was selected at last month’s National Para-Swimming Championships in Manchester, at which Redfern broke through with a European
100m Breaststroke record of 1:18.99 in the visually impaired SB13 classification.
The 16-year old Worcester swimmer’s time also left her firmly on top of the 2015 world rankings for the SB13 classification.
Meanwhile, Northampton swimmer Eleanor Robinson will join Redfern on the plane for her first major champs, having shown huge improvement during 2015.
The 14-year old S6 swimmer, who competes in the same classification as Ellie Simmonds, set a world 100m Butterfly record earlier in the year, and came within a whisker of breaking the world short course record for 50m Fly this autumn.
With the 100m Fly not a Paralympic event, Robinson will be hoping to bring down her long course S6 50m Fly PB this season to try and make the grade for Rio.
Last year’s world champions Oliver Hynd, Jessica-Jane Applegate and Hannah Russell, as well as world record holders Josef Craig, Jonathan Fox, Bethany Firth and Steph Slater are some of the senior swimmers to have been named on the squad.
Tully Kearney – who was named AquaZone’s para-swimming star of 2015 after her four gold medals at the IPC Worlds in Glasgow last summer – will also make the trip to Portugal.
The IPC Swimming European Open Championships 2016 will take place from 27 April – 8 May.
- Click here to view the full team on the British Swimming website.