The University of Manchester

British Para-Swimming Championships Await Student Swimmer

An esteemed postgraduate student from The University of Manchester is set to make a splash among the world's top para swimmers as she competes at the prestigious world championships this week in Manchester.

Grace Harvey, a graduate in immunology from the University of Manchester and currently pursuing a master’s degree in public dental health, will proudly represent the British Para-Swimming team in three events during the championships.

Having cerebral palsy, the University of Manchester Sport Scholar started her swimming journey at the tender age of 4 and went on to achieve remarkable success, securing a world gold in 100m Breaststroke (SB5) in 2022, and claiming Silver medals at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2020 and the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham 2022.

Her upcoming events in the championships include the women’s 100m backstroke S6 on 31st July, the women’s 200m Individual Medley – SM6 on 2nd August, and the women’s 100m Breaststroke – SB5 on 4th August.

Hailing from Ware in Hertfordshire, Grace has impressively broken 11 British records, shining at the 2018 British Universities and Colleges Sport championships while representing the University.

Inspired by the 2004 and 2008 Paralympic Games, her determination to compete was ignited, leading her to join a swimming club at the age of nine.

To excel in her sport, the dedicated swimmer adheres to a grueling training regimen that includes 8 pool sessions, totaling around 16 hours, as well as 3 gym sessions and 2 indoor rowing sessions.

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