British International Disability Swimming Championships – Ponds Forge, Sheffield – April 2013 – Coach’s Report

This year’s British International Championships doubled up as the trials for the IPC World Championships in August, meaning that all of the country’s top Paralympians and disability swimmers were in attendance. Representing Shrewsbury was Ffion Butler competing in 5 events across 3 days of the meet.

Day 1 saw her in the heats of the 100 Free and 100 Back. A massive 4 second PB in the 100 Free was an excellent and positive start to the meet, while another PB in the 100 Back saw her through to the youth final in the evening where she swam a strong race, although slightly slower than the heat time.  Day 2 was the 200 IM, again with another sizeable best time set and also through to the youth final in the evening. The last day of the championships saw Ffion have her best event.  With a small PB time in the morning, she then went nearly a full second faster in the youth final, dipping under the 35s barrier for the first time.  Well done to Ffion for a successful meet!