The New Year’s fireworks are done and dusted – and that means Tokyo 2020 just moved a step closer. The Paralympic Games are taking place between August 25th and September 6th in the Japanese capital, and they will provide the overwhelming focus for Britain’s elite para-swimmers as they look to build on a record-breaking performance at Rio 2016, when they clinched 47 medals, including 16 golds.
But there is plenty of build-up to come before the Paralympics swimming programme gets underway with the Men’s 400m Freestyle S9 heats. So what is in store as Tokyo 2020 closes in?
The first big date in the British event calendar comes at the World Para-Swimming World Series event in Sheffield between April 9th and 12th, a competition that also doubles as the British Para-Swimming International Meet.
It will see the British elite battle it out with the world’s best as they build towards the Paralympics.
That event at Ponds Forge is the fourth leg of this year’s Series, following stages in Melbourne, Australia (February 14th – 16th), Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy (February 27th – March 1st) and Sao Paulo, Brazil (March 26th – 28th).
There are also subsequent rounds in the United States and Singapore before the finale in Berlin, Germany in June.