Mansfield Nova Disability Swimmers and Paralympic medallists Ollie Hynd and Charlotte Henshaw secured their spots for the IPC World Swimming Championships with world class performances at the British International Disability Championships and World Trials in Sheffield.
Ollie Hynd made three world qualification times in the S8 Category, the only male GB swimmer to do so in the 100m backstroke, 400m freestyle and 200m individual medley.
Notably these events are the ones in which he won gold, silver and bronze at the London Paralympic Games, and he will be looking to add to his medal tally at the World Championships, which take place in August at Montreal, Canada.
All three swims in Sheffield were world class and places him at the top of the world rankings for the S8 Category.
So hopes are high for the 18 year old from Kirkby, who will be making his first World Championships following on from his incredible performances in London last year.
Ollie, who will be picking up his MBE awarded to him in the New Year’s Honours List 2013 at Buckingham Palace on 17th May, will first be travelling to Majorca on 19th May for a two-week training camp with the GB Team, before homing his preparations for the World Championships.
Charlotte Henshaw also secured her qualification in the Women’s SB6 Category 100m breaststroke with a storming performance, firstly in the heats bettering the qualification standard by two 10ths, and then taking a further half a second off her heat time in the multi-class final to cement her place on the team.
This will be Charlotte’s second World Championships, previously winning a silver medal in Eindhoven in 2010.
Together with her silver medal from London 2012, she will be hoping to go one better in Montreal this summer.
Charlotte, of Mansfield Woodhouse, will also be travelling to Majorca with Ollie for the GB camp, along with their coach, Glenn Smith, Mansfield District Council’s swimming development officer and coach to the Mansfield Nova squad.
Glenn said: “Ollie and Charlotte have again put together some incredible performances in the past four days.
“They have been incredibly professional since the London games and have quickly re-focused on the task ahead for 2013. Performance sport doesn’t stand still from one year to the next and both Ollie and Charlotte can be immensely proud of themselves this week.
“We now embark on the next training cycle, which will culminate in those World Championships in August.”
The Mansfield Nova Squad is supported by Mansfield District Council and Nottinghamshire County Council.
Both Ollie and Charlotte also received funding from Nottinghamshire County Council’s Shining Stars Fund for the current year.