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FINA 2009 World Championships Swimming - Day 3 Morning Session

David Davies took five seconds off the 800m Freestyle British record as the British Gas swimming team secured one final and three semi-final places after strong performances through the heat session. Davies took to heat four alongside Italian Federico Colbertaldo and Robert Hurley (Australia) and was looking to post a quick time to reach the final next day.

The Olympic silver medallist dominated the first half of his race but as the race entered the final 400m Colbertaldo began to close in on the British Gas swimmer. Davies showed his strength in the final 100m as he touched in a time of 7:45.89 to knock five seconds off his own British record time and qualified in fourth place for the final.

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Stephanie Millward is my inspiration

"I have just been watching the Paralympics and seen Stephanie Millward swim and the presenter mentioned she has MS. I too have MS. I was diagnosed at 20 and am now 23. Stephanie is such an inspiration to me and I had a tear in my eye with pride seeing her fulfilling her dream of being an amazing swimmer. This unpredictable disease makes life unbearable at times but seeing Stephanie so positive and reaching for her goals is so amazing, I have googled her and her story is so like mine. Please pass on my warmest wishes to her.

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The Special Olympics GB National Summer Games 2009 - Swimming

25 to 31 July 2009 - Leicester (swimming takes place at Braunstone Leisure Centre, 2 Hamelin Road, Leicester LE3 1JN from 26 to 31 July)

The Games will play host to 21 sports currently on the Special Olympic programme. Approximately, 2,700 athletes are expected to participate in the Games with around 1,000 Coaches, 1,500 volunteers and 6,000 families in attendance.

The above short documentary (5m 53s flashplayer required to view) shows how sport helps with Learning Disability.

British Disability Swimming announces squad for the IPC Swimming World Championships (25m) 2009

24 November to 9 December 2009 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Athletes have been named following the trials that took place at the British Gas Swim Wales Disability Short Course Championships on the 4-5 July 2009 in Newport, Wales. Due to the high standards put in place for swimmer qualification at the trials, all selected swimmers had outstanding performances.

National Performance Director Tim Reddish said: "British Disability Swimming have selected a strong team with a focus to win gold medals. Itís an exciting time for our athletes because this is the first time in a four-year cycle that in year one there is an opportunity for our athletes to compete at a major international championships since 2001."

1st Seoul International Para Open Water Championships 2009

Update - postponed from original date (9 to 12 July 2009) - Han River, Seoul, Korea.

The event is for those who are classified as S1-10 disabled athletes. More information will be forthcoming.

Contact:
Sung Ho Kim
1007, Sesin Vision Plaza, 923, Mok 1 Doing, Yangcheon-gu, Seoul, Korea
Phone +82 19 672 3842
Fax +82 2 2647 3143
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British Gas Disability Team ready to take on some of the world's best Paralympic swimmers

24/25 May 2009 - Manchester

Double Paralympic Champion Eleanor Simmonds (Swansea Performance) and eleven-time Paralympic gold medallist David Roberts (Swansea Performance) are looking to continue their dominance of Paralympic swimming.

Simmonds and Heather Frederiksen (City of Salford) broke world records in the S6 and S8 400m freestyle respectively at the British Gas Swimming Championships in March and Simmonds canít wait for another chance to compete internationally next month.

IPC European Swimming Championships 2009

18 to 26 October 2009 - Reykjavik, Iceland

The 39-strong British Gas team representing features many south west athletes and 26 competitors at the Beijing Paralympics including double Paralympic Champion Eleanor Simmonds, eleven-time Paralympic gold medallist David Roberts and six-time Paralympic Champion Sascha Kindred.

The nine-day meet will see a total of nine Paralympic Champions ready to test themselves against the best in European Disability Swimming.

A total of 20 European record holders, which includes Louise Watkin, Heather Frederiksen and Sam Hynd, are set to return to international competition after enjoying success in Beijing and are now ready to prove they have what it takes to compete with the best in Europe.

British International Disability Swimming Championships 2009

15 to 17 May 2009 - Ponds Forge

Disability Sport Events (DSE) is holding the the championships in Sheffield which incorporate the selection trials for the British Gas squad that will compete at the IPC European Championships in Reykjavik later in 2009.

We welcome back all the British Paralympic medallists to the event. Last year's competition acted as the final qualifier for the Beijing Paralympics.

Top Brits in action during the event include eleven times Paralympic gold medallist David Roberts CBE, double gold medallist and youngest ever MBE- Eleanor Simmonds, multi-gold winning Sascha Kindred OBE and rising star- gold medallist Heather Frederiksen.

2009 INAS-FID Global Games

5-14 July 2009 - Czech Republic

The UK Sports Association for People with Learning Disability is pleased to announce its talented team of 26 athletes across four sports representing Great Britain at the 2009 INAS-FID Global Games in the .

Team GB will comprise competitors in swimming, athletics, table tennis and cycling with the best of British joining an expected 2000 athletes from across the world in a multi sport Championships and seven days of fierce competition. Swimming events at the INAS-FID Global Games are run under INAS-FID and FINA regulations.

Newquay athlete, Ben Procter, World, European and British Record holder, will be competing in several swimming events including the 50m butterfly and 200m freestyle. This record breaking talented competitor is proud to accept the challenge at this important Championships, but without funding will be unable to compete for Great Britain at the Global Games.

BT Paralympic World Cup 2009

An impressive 16 British Paralympic swimmers, who between them brought home 29 medals from Beijing, have confirmed they will compete in next monthís BT Paralympic World Cup in Manchester.

Double Paralympic gold medallist Eleanor Simmonds and eleven-time Paralympic gold medallist David Roberts are two headline stars to have confirmed their attendance at the first international meet since the Paralympics last year.

Du Toit confirmed for BT Paralympic World Cup 2009

Swimming sensation Natalie Du Toit has confirmed that she will compete at the BT Paralympic World Cup in Manchester in May.

The South African became the first ever female amputee swimmer to qualify for both the Olympics and Paralympics in Beijing last year, where she placed 16th in the inaugural Olympic 10km open water event before winning five gold medals at the Paralympics a month later.

Athletes with a learning disability eligible for swimming selection at UK School Games

As part of the continued development of the UK School Games as an inclusive event, the Youth Sport Trust has announced that athletes with learning disability (S14 disability category) will be eligible to compete in swimming at the 2009 UK School Games.

S14 competitors must have an INAS-FID classification and will be eligible for selection by their respective team within the multi disability events.