The world’s best para-swimmers will descend on Montreal for the sixth edition of the IPC Swimming World Championships and Channel 4 will provide extensive coverage on TV and online.
More than 650 swimmers from 60 countries are expected to take part over seven days of competition at the Parc Jean Drapeau Aquatic Complex, in what is the first major gathering of international para-swimmers since the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Britain take a 32-strong team to Canada including London 2012 gold medallists Ellie Simmonds, Josef Craig, Jonathan Fox, Oliver Hynd and Jessica-Jane Applegate.
Twelve-time Paralympic medallist Sascha Kindred has competed in every single edition of the world championships since its first competition in Valletta, Malta in 1994, while Matt Walker will be taking part in his fifth.
Big international names expected to compete in Montreal include Brazil’s Daniel Dias, a winner of six gold medals all in world record times at London 2012.
12-time Paralympic champion Jessica Long of the United States will also be in action, as will the Australian duo of Matthew Cowdrey and Jacqueline Freney who, between them, amassed 12 gold medals in London last summer.
One of Canada’s most decorated swimmers and flag bearer at the London 2012 Closing Ceremony, Benoit Huot – a winner of 22 World Championships and 19 Paralympic medals – is expected to star for the host nation.
The Parc Jean Drapeau Aquatic Complex is a venue located to the east of Montreal and has a rich history for staging major international and national swimming competitions.
Although the Aquatic complex features three outdoor pools, Swimming Canada, the organisers of the Championships, have built a temporary structure around the eight-lane competition pool, effectively turning it into an indoor venue.
Channel 4 will provide extensive coverage of the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships from Montreal.
All the live action from each evening session will be broadcast via the Channel 4 Paralympics website, which will be streaming live coverage Monday, August 12, to Sunday, August 18.
Daily streaming coverage will begin at each night at 9.50pm, in time for the evening sessions which start at 10.00pm UK time and running through to the conclusion at 2.00am most nights (see listings below).
On TV, Channel 4 will broadcast a one-hour highlights programme of the preceding day’s action the following morning at 8.00am from Tuesday to Friday, at 7.00am on Saturday and Sunday, and at 8.05pm on Monday (Aug 19), allowing viewers to catch up with the key moments over breakfast.
Ned Boulting will be based at the venue to present Channel 4’s daily coverage alongside former Paralympic champion Giles Long, with Rachael Latham conducting the poolside interviews.
Paul Noble and Nick Gillingham will commentate on the action for the TV highlights show, while Bob Ballard, Natalie Jones and Nyree Kindred will voice Channel 4’s live online coverage.
The morning highlights shows are also available to watch one hour later on Channel 4+1, as well as on 4oD and via Channel4.com, ensuring fans cannot miss out on the action during the week.
And as well as live streaming and daily TV highlights, Channel 4’s coverage will be complemented by a live blog on its C4 Paralympics website, taking in the best comments and observations on social media as well as photos the venue itself.
Channel 4’s coverage of the IPC Swimming World Championships follows on from its live coverage of the IPC’s athletics equivalent, held recently in Lyon, and the paralympic events at the London Anniversary Games.
DAY 1 – Monday 12th August Day 1 LIVE: 9.50pm-2.00am Channel4.com/Paralympics
The 2013 IPC World Swimming Championships gala gets off to an enthralling start with the golden girl of British Paralympic swimming, Ellie Simmonds, bidding to retain her world 400m freestyle title.
She’ll face tough competition from American Victoria Arlen. Josef Craig was just 15 when he won Paralympic gold for Britain in world record time in London last year; he’s now aiming to add a world title to his collection over 400m.
Another of Team GB’s gold medal-winning swimmers, Jessica-Jane Applegate, goes in her favoured event – the 200m freestyle.DAY 2 – Tuesday 13th August Day 1 Highlights: 8.00am-9.00am Channel 4 Day 2 LIVE: 9.50pm-2.00am Channel4.com/Paralympics
There is strong British interest in the individual medley events on day two in Montreal.
Ollie Hynd is aiming to add the world title to the Paralympic crown he won in London last year; teenager Amy Marren beat the European record at the British trials, while Stephanie Millward took silver at the Paralympics in the same event last year.
It should also be a busy day for Australian Paralympic legend Matthew Cowdrey, competing in two of the events in which he took gold at London 2012.DAY 3 – Wednesday 14th August Day 2 Highlights: 8.00am-9.00am Channel 4 Day 3 LIVE: 9.50pm-2.00am Channel4.com/Paralympics
Great Britain’s Ellie Simmonds is in action in Montreal on day three, but it would be a surprise if she beat arch rival Victoria Arlen in their 50m event.
British brothers Ollie and Sam Hynd will resume their rivalry in the 400m freestyle, where they took silver and bronze at the 2012 Paralympics, while Aaron Moores will aim to improve on the silver he won in London in the backstroke last year.DAY 4 – Thursday 15th August Day 3 Highlights: 8.00am-9.00am Channel 4 Day 4 LIVE: 9.50pm-2.00am Channel4.com/Paralympics
Britain’s most famous Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds goes for gold in the individual medley – an event she won at the 2012 Paralympics.
Veteran Sascha Kindred also has high hopes for Britain in the equivalent men’s event, while Jonathan Fox will attempt to take backstroke gold in Montreal, just as he did in London last year.DAY 5 – Friday 16th August Day 4 Highlights: 8.00am-9.00am Channel 4 Day 5 LIVE: 9.50pm-2.30am Channel4.com/Paralympics
British women take centre stage today on day 5 at the championships.
Hannah Russell and Stephanie Millward both won silver medals in their long-distance freestyle events at the 2012 Paralympics and will aim to go one better this time.
Stephanie Slater set a European record in the butterfly to qualify for her first major championships.
New Zealand Paralympic legend Sophie Pascoe will be the one to beat in the 100m butterfly.
It’s one of three events in which she claimed gold in London last year.DAY 6 – Saturday 17th August Day 5 Highlights: 7.00am-8.00am Channel 4 Day 6 LIVE: 9.50pm-2.00am Channel4.com/Paralympics
Several of the biggest names in Paralympic swimming are in action today.
Australian Jacqueline Freney won eight gold medals at the London Paralympics last year.
One of them came in the butterfly over 50m, which is one of today’s events.
American Jessica Long won five events in London, taking her Paralympic gold medal tally to 12. One of her favoured events is the 100m freestyle.
Canada’s Summer Ashley Mortimer will raise the roof if she repeats her success in the 100m backstroke at the Paralympics.DAY 7 – Sunday 18th August Day 6 Highlights: 7.00am-8.00am Channel 4 Day 7 LIVE: 9.50pm-2.00am Channel4.com/Paralympics
Great Britain’s Ellie Simmonds continues her rivalry with America’s Victoria Arlen, who narrowly beat Simmonds to take Paralympic gold in the 100m freestyle last year.
Team GB’s James Crisp lost out to Australian legend Matthew Cowdrey in the 100m backstroke in London and will aim to reverse that result in Canada.
The action concludes with the 4×100 medley relays, which saw some of the most exciting finishes at last year’s Paralympics. It should be a thrilling finale to the World Championships.Monday 19th August Day 7 Highlights: 8.05am-9.05am Channel 4