Reddish hopes to make a splash at the age of 13 after selection for the Paralympic Games in Beijing

Last updated at 12:40 10 May 2008


Swansea-based 13-year-old Eleanor Simmonds has been included in a 36-strong

British swimming team for this year's Paralympic Games in Beijing.

She is joined in the party for September's showpiece by fellow teenagers

Elizabeth Simpkin, 14, 15-year-old Louise Watkin, 19-year-old Kate Grey and

Rachael Latham, 18 - all of whom will make their Games debut.

Reigning champions Dave Roberts, Sascha Kindred, Nyree Lewis, Natalie Jones and

Gareth Duke will also head to China to defend their titles.

British Swimming national performance director Tim Reddish said: "The team

have a good mix of youth and experience, with 45% of the team attending their

first Paralympic Games.

"The average age of this squad is younger than the one that competed in Athens

and this demonstrates that the systems and programmes that British Swimming have

in place are working well."

At the Athens Games of 2004, Britain claimed second place in the medals table

with 35 golds, 30 silver and 29 bronzes.

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