Record-breaking Ollie Hynd ready for National Paralympic Day event

Oliver Hynd (right) celebrates victory.
Oliver Hynd (right) celebrates victory.

He may have smashed his brother’s world record en route to double gold and a bronze at last week’s IPC World Swimming Championships but it will be straight back to business for Ollie Hynd this weekend.

Hynd was in sensational form in Glasgow, winning bronze in the 100m backstroke and gold in the 200m individual medley and 400m freestyle – the latter in a new world best time of 4:24.32 minutes.

He has little time to catch his breath though, having been picked as part of the Great Britain team which will go head-to-head with a select rest of the world team as part of Sunday’s National Paralympic Day celebrations.

Designed to help continue the legacy of London 2012, the annual event at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will feature elite athletics and swimming as well as promoting disability sport.

And with thoughts of Rio 2016 never far from his mind, Hynd insists there is still plenty left in the tank yet, both this weekend and in the coming months.

“There is definitely more to come from me. It is always nice going into a major meet feeling like you are going to swim fast, you almost expect to swim fast,” said Hynd, who won gold, silver and bronze at London 2012.

“I felt in good shape, I felt in the best shape I have ever been in. I am probably training as well as I have in my life and it was great to see that translate into performances.

“But we are constantly striving to improve and get better, whether that is by improving times, implementing something from training or getting medals.

“I want to keep moving forward and getting better. That is what motivates me, keep getting better.

“I have experienced it once in London and to be a part of Paralympics Team GB and representing your country at a Paralympics, there is nothing like it.

“If I qualify for Rio, then I want to better what I did in London.

“I am still young so hopefully there is still more to come. The focus is now on Rio.”

Hynd will be just one of a number of British swimmer stars on show in London with the likes of fellow Paralympic champions Jessica-Jane Applegate and Ellie Simmonds also strutting their stuff.

And with the chance to relive memories of London 2012, Hynd is hoping to inspire a few more people to take up a sport.

“I think with London we showcased the best of Paralympic sport and all of the athletes built up a legacy from that,” he added.

“Days like National Paralympic Day are key for us to continue the Paralympic values and that legacy in getting young kids into sport, no matter what sport it is.

“I’ve gained so much from being involved in a sport and it’s important for the younger generation coming up to be able to experience that and be given the same opportunities we’ve been given.”

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