Nova Centurion pair Oliver Hynd and Charlotte Henshaw have been named in the Great Britain squad for this year’s IPC Swimming European Open Championships.
They are part of the 25-strong squad selected for the event in Madiera that begins on April 30 - May 8, just four months before the Paralympic Games in Rio.
It is expected to be a big year for the swimmers not least Paralympic, Commonwealth, British, European and World swimming champion, Hynd, from Kirkby-in-Ashfield.
He said: “It’s great to be selected for the Euros and get the momentum going for Rio later in the year.
“I’m feeling really good at the moment and surrounded by a great team, so looking forward to this year, building on the buzz that was London 2012 and inspiring a new generation on the way.
“Nothing’s a dead cert in sport, but feel positive in selection for the Paralympics and putting in some great performances, just need to keep the pace going week in, week out for now.”
His mum Helen added: “I’m immensely proud of him. It’s a massive year and we can’t wait for it all to begin.”
The announcement was made by British Swimming on Monday (January 4) and Henshaw took to social media site Twitter to write to her 5,000 followers.
She posted: “Really excited to race at another European Championships!”
The Great Britain squad includes Jessica-Jane Applegate, Josef Craig, Tully Kearney and Hannah Russell, as well as five debutants, preparing to take on Europe’s best.
National performance director Chris Furber said it is a great opportunity for valuable long course racing ahead of the Paralympic Games in Rio.
“This is an exciting team of youth and experience,” Furber said. “More opportunities to race against international competitors is 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.
“For the likes of Ollie, Jessica-Jane and Jonathan the meet will give them the chance to race against some tough competition just four months out from the Games.”
The British Para-Swimming Team selected for the IPC Swimming European Championships consists of:
Josef Craig – City of Sunderland
James Crisp – City of Sheffield
Jonathan Fox - National Performance Centre/City of Manchester AST
Thomas Hamer - National Performance Centre/City of Manchester AST
Oliver Hynd – Nova Centurion
Michael Jones - National Performance Centre/Loughborough University
Andrew Mullen – National Performance Centre/Ren 96
Scott Quin - Warrender Baths
Lewis White – City of Derby
Matthew Wylie – City of Sunderland
Jessica-Jane Applegate – UEA Norwich
Claire Cashmore - National Performance Centre/Wyre Forest SC
Bethany Firth - Ards SC
Charlotte Henshaw – Nova Centurion
Tully Kearney - National Performance Centre/Boldmere SC
Harriet Lee - National Performance Centre/Northumbria University
Amy Marren – Romford Town
Stephanie Millward – National Performance Centre/Aqua Sulis SC
Zara Mullooly – Woking
Rebecca Redfern - Worcester
Eleanor Robinson - Northampton
Susie Rodgers - Beckenham
Hannah Russell - National Performance Centre/Guildford City
Stephanie Slater - National Performance Centre/Preston SC
Alice Tai – Bournemouth Collegiate School