Jessica-Jane Applegate named in Great Britain para-swimming squad for Rio 2016

Jessica-Jane Applegate. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Jessica-Jane Applegate. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

Jessica-Jane Applegate will be on the plane to Brazil after being included in Great Britain's para-swimming squad for this summer's Paralympics in Rio.

The 19-year-old, from Burgh Castle, met Team GB's qualification criteria recently at an international meet in Glasgow and she was named amongst a 31-strong squad yesterday.

Applegate's S14 200m freestyle time of two minutes, 5.63 seconds on April 26 effectively secured her the chance to defend the title she won at London 2012.

'I am so happy to have been selected for the #RioParalympicGames2016. Huge thanks to @AlexPinniger & @leonbusty,' tweeted Applegate, thanking her support team Alex Pinniger and Leon Bustin.

Although Applegate didn't produce swims worthy of a nomination in three other disciplines in Glasgow recently, doing so in her signature event means she could appear in more than just one category in Brazil.


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Ellie Simmonds, Ollie Hynd and Sascha Kindred have also been named in the squad.

Set for her third Games, Simmonds is looking to add to her haul of six Paralympic medals, four of which are golds.

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She claimed four medals at London 2012, where her fellow 21-year-old Hynd ended up with three, including gold in the SM8 200 metres individual medley.

He recently returned from the IPC Swimming European Championships with three gold medals and as a simultaneous holder of Paralympic, world, European and Commonwealth titles.

Other Paralympic multi-medallists on the team announced by the British Paralympic Association (BPA) include Charlotte Henshaw, James Crisp, Claire Cashmore and veteran Kindred.

Kindred, 38, has 12 Paralympic medals to his name and has been to every Games since Atlanta 1996.

The team also features a 12-year-old in Abby Kane and 14-year-old in Ellie Robinson.

Tully Kearney, who won four gold medals at last summer's World Championships, has been selected on a discretionary basis having missed the trials due to injury.

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