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9 Aug 2006

Six of Wales’ elite swimmers with a disability will form part of the 33-strong British squad to compete at the IPC World Swimming Championships in Durban this December.

British Disability Swimming Performance Director, Tim Reddish, has announced the team, to include Pontypridd’s seven-time Paralympic gold medallist, David Roberts MBE and Cwmbran’s golden parlaympian, Gareth Duke.

Of Wales’ female World Class-funded performers, Liz Johnson (Newport), Nyree Lewis (Porth-Rhondda) and Rhiannon Henry (Bridgend) are among the athletes selected. Nyree Lewis

The British squad is doubly fuelled with a mixture of both established and up-and-coming talent, not least from Welsh contenders.

18 year-old Kate Arnold, one of Newport’s upcoming young swimmers and a potential World Class performer, set a qualifying time in the 100m SB8 Breastroke to earn her a place in the GB team for her first major world event.

With such a professional balance of youth and experience, the British team look forward to competing at the highest level since the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games.

The IPC Swimming World Championships will be a critical test for the British contingent, regarded as the first major platform for disabled swimmers to pitch themselves against the world’s best since the 2004 Athens Paralympics.