Monday 25 September 2017

'World's best' to compete here at Para Swimming Championships

Paralympic swimmer Ellen Keane in the main pool at the National Aquatic Centre. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Paralympic swimmer Ellen Keane in the main pool at the National Aquatic Centre. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Gavin White

More than 40 countries will send teams to Ireland for the 2018 Para Swimming European Championships.

Some of the world's best para athletes have been preparing to take to the pool at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin.

It is the first time Ireland will hold a major para competition and Sinéad Naughten, from Paralympic Ireland, said they can't wait for it to start. Ms Naughten said that because "70pc of the best para swimmers in the world are in Europe", the world's best would be on show. The host venue was confirmed in April after and numerous site visits, according to Ms Naughten.

Irish swimmer Ellen Keane will be hoping to get into the medals after a brilliant Paralympics last year.

"The Irish team actually train in the National Aquatic Centre every day so this will be extra special for them," Ms Naughten said.

From left to right, Junior Sports Minister Brendan Griffin speaks with athletes Nicole Turner, Patrick Flanagan and Ellen at the launch of the 2018 Para Swimming European Championships. Photo: Gerry Mooney
From left to right, Junior Sports Minister Brendan Griffin speaks with athletes Nicole Turner, Patrick Flanagan and Ellen at the launch of the 2018 Para Swimming European Championships. Photo: Gerry Mooney

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