Hunt for future paralympians

Great Britain's Heather Frederiksen with her gold medal after winning the Women's 100m Backstroke S8 at the aquatics Centre, London.

Great Britain's Heather Frederiksen with her gold medal after winning the Women's 100m Backstroke S8 at the aquatics Centre, London.

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THE SEARCH for the next crop of Paralympic superstars will be in Leigh later in the year.

British Swimming is organising a national talent search for young disabled sportsmen and women, and the North West try-out will be held in the pool at Leigh Sports Village.

Louise Watkin

Louise Watkin

Swimmers from across the region will descend on Leigh hoping to follow in the successful footsteps of the likes of Tyldesley-based Heather Frederiksen, who won gold at the London Paralympics swimming events earlier this year, and fellow medallist Louise Watkin, who is based in Leigh.

Sports chiefs are keen to meet people who would like to be involved in competitive swimming but who are taking their first steps into sport, so must not have been previously assessed or given a competition classification.

To attend the try-out in Leigh, applicants must be able to swim at least 25 metres.

Amputee swimmers and those with cerebral palsy, spinal injuries, dwarfism, polio, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, arthrogryposis, visual or hearing impairments, an intellectual disability with an IQ of below 75 are all invited to the session.

British Swimming hopes some of the newcomers who come to test their skills in the pool at Leigh will eventually make it to international level.

The British Swimming try-out for disabled sportsmen and women in the North West takes place at the Leigh Sports Centre, on Sale Way, on November 3.

Bookings need to be made by October 19 via email to disability@swimming.org