Derby City swimmer Lewis White has been selected for the British Para-swimming team for the upcoming IPC European Championships.
Fifteen year old Lewis, born without his right hand, is a rising star in the swimming world and has been swimming at some serious international events. Training alongside GB athlete Adam Peaty, he brought home three gold medals from the Brazil Paralympic School Games when he attended last year. White specialises in backstroke and freestyle, swimming in the S9 category. He quickly followed those victories with some superb performances at the National Para Swimming Championships in Manchester, winning another three gold medals.
Times (Brazil Paralympic School Games 2015)
S9 50m Freestyle - 27:53
S9 100m Freestyle - 58:75
S9 100m Backstroke - 1:06.99
Times (National Para Swimming Championships 2015)
100m Freestyle - 59.82
50m Freestyle - 28.21
100m Backstroke - 1:10.77
The IPC European Championships are very much seen as a warm-up to the Paralympic games in Rio De Janeiro this summer. Coaches will be watching the performance of their swimmers with great concentration, looking for any areas to improve on before the big event in Brazil this August.
The British Squad for the IPC European Championships consists of 25 of our top athletes. New and rising talent including Michael Jones, Rebecca Redfern and Zara Mullolly have all been included in the team to help progress their swimming to the next level of competition.
National performance director, Chris Furber had this to say on the subject of the British IPC European Championships 2016 squad:
“This is an exciting team of youth and experience.”
“More opportunities to race against international competitors are important as we move closer to the Paralympic Games.”
“Having five athletes making their senior international debut is great and it's going to be good to see them taking the step up to a new level.”
"I know our more experienced athletes will be on hand whenever they need advice."
Best of luck to Lewis and all of our GB athletes competing at the IPC European Championships which run from 30th April to 7th May in Funchal, Madeira Island (Portugal).