Britain’s best para-swimmers travel to Eindhoven to compete in the 2014 IPC Swimming European Championships and you can follow all the action from poolside with Channel 4 from August 4-11.
The Pieter van der Hoogenbrand Stadium will host 380 of the continent’s finest para-swimmers from 37 countries for what will be the third edition of Europe’s premier swimming event for para-athletes.
The competition is an important stop for athletes on their road to Rio in 2016, just two years away, and will feature multiple Paralympic, world and European champions.
Four-time Paralympic champion Ellie Simmonds will lead a strong British team which also includes Josef Craig and Jessica-Jane Applegate, who will be aiming to add European golds to their World and Paralympic titles, as well as world champion and one of several teenagers on Team GB, Amy Marren, and the recently crowned Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth champion Ollie Hynd (pictured above).
The British team will be hoping to build on a promising platform at last year’s IPC World Championships when they came away with a plethora of medals.
Stars like Marren, who claimed four golds and two silvers at her first ever World Championships in Montreal last year, as well as familiar Paralympic names such as gold medallists Ellie Simmonds, Josef Craig and Jonathan Fox, who will be hoping to further enhance their reputations still further in the Netherlands this week.
Great Britain won 27 golds at the last IPC European Championships in 2012 edition in Berlin, staged ahead of the London 2012 Paralympics, claiming a total of 83 medals, finishing second behind Ukraine in the medals table.
They’ll be hoping to go one better this year, although the Ukrainians are as strong as ever including Yevheniy Bohodayko, who won a staggering eight golds and two silvers two years ago.
The opening few days of competition in Eindhoven sees a host of Britain’s best Paralympic swimmers in action.
Ellie Simmonds competes in 400m freestyle, the event in which she struck Gold at the last two Paralympics, fellow teenagers Amy Marren and Josef Craig hope to build on their success at the 2013 World Championships, while the experienced trio of Jon Fox, Sascha Kindred and Matt Walker aim to add to their already impressive medal collections.
Elsewhere, seven-times world champion Dmytro Vynohradets heads a strong Ukrainian team, while Sarah Louise Rung flies the flag for Norway.
But the most noise from the Dutch crowd could come in the Men’s S14 100m backstroke which features home-grown Paralympic champion Marc Evers.
Later in the week, British interest again features London 2012 poster girl Ellie Simmonds, who aims to retain her European title in the S6 200m individual medley, while Jessica-Jane Applegate, Josef Craig, Jonathan Fox and Oliver Hynd are all eyeing the top step of the podium.
But with five-time Paralympic champion Ihar Boki from Belarus and Russian teenage sensation Darya Stukalova in the mix competition for medals will be fierce.
Channel 4 will provide extensive TV and online coverage of the 2014 IPC European Swimming Championships from Eindhoven in the Netherlands.
Every session, including the morning heats and evening finals, will be broadcast live online via the Channel 4 Paralympics website, which will be streaming live coverage from Monday, August 4, to Sunday, August 10.
Daily live streaming will begin at each morning at 8.00am with coverage of the evening session starting from 4.00pm.
As well as all the action live online, Channel 4 will also broadcast two one-hour highlights programmes during the week, encapsulating all the key moments and races from the event, with the first airing on Thursday morning (August 7) 8.00am and the second following on Monday (August 11), also at 8.00am.
Rachael Latham will be based at the venue to present Channel 4’s highlights programmes alongside former Paralympic champion Giles Long, while Paul Noble commentates on the action.
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 European Swimming World Championships forms part of an extensive line-up of summer para-sport, which includes the forthcoming IPC European Athletics Championships in Swansea and National Paralympic Day.
DAY 1 – Monday 4th August Morning Session LIVE: 8.00am-10.00am Channel4.com/Paralympics Evening Session LIVE: 4.00pm-6.00pm Channel4.com/Paralympics
DAY 2 – Tuesday 5th August Morning Session LIVE: 8.00am-10.00am Channel4.com/Paralympics Evening Session LIVE: 4.00pm-6.00pm Channel4.com/Paralympics
DAY 3 – Wednesday 6th August Morning Session LIVE: 8.00am-10.00am Channel4.com/Paralympics Evening Session LIVE: 4.00pm-6.00pm Channel4.com/Paralympics
DAY 4 – Thursday 7th August IPC European Swimming Championships Highlights (Days 1-3): 8.00am-9.00am Channel 4 Morning Session LIVE: 8.00am-10.00am Channel4.com/Paralympics Evening Session LIVE: 4.00pm-6.00pm Channel4.com/Paralympics
DAY 5 – Friday 8th August Morning Session LIVE: 8.00am-10.00am Channel4.com/Paralympics Evening Session LIVE: 4.00pm-6.00pm Channel4.com/Paralympics
DAY 6 – Saturday 9th August Morning Session LIVE: 8.00am-10.00am Channel4.com/Paralympics Evening Session LIVE: 4.00pm-6.00pm Channel4.com/Paralympics
DAY 7 – Sunday 10th August Morning Session LIVE: 8.00am-10.00am Channel4.com/Paralympics Evening Session LIVE: 4.00pm-6.00pm Channel4.com/Paralympics
Monday 11th August IPC European Swimming Championships Highlights (Days 4-7): 8.00am-9.00am Channel 4