The pair, who are coached by Mansfield District Council`s Swim Coach and Development Officer Glenn Smith, were chosen after achieving stunning results in the IPC Swimming European Championships in Madeira last week and posting qualification times at the Paralympic trials in Glasgow in April.
Ollie, of Kirkby, picked up a hat-trick of gold medals and two silver medals from five events in Madeira, while Charlotte reclaimed her European 2009 title in the SB6 100m breaststroke.
They will now be training hard for the Rio Paralympics, which start on September 7, and are considered to be in with a good chance of bringing home medals for the British team.
Ollie Hynd is currently one of the most celebrated and highly ranked male para-swimmers in the world, being Paralympic, World, European and Commonwealth Champion and possessing several world record times.
He said: “I am so proud to be selected for Rio for ParalympicsGB.
“It is such an honour. The competition is getting tougher every time I get in the water but I know how hard I`ve been training so I can only be confident in my preparations. Rio will be an amazing experience.”
Mansfield`s Charlotte Henshaw, one of the faces of the ‘Supercharge ParalympicsGB` campaign to galvanise public support for the team, said: “I always feel proud to compete for my country, but competing for ParalympicsGB is something even more special.
“It`s been an amazing three and a half years since London 2012 and I think the legacy of those games will make the 2016 Paralympic Games extra special for the British public. I can`t wait to make everyone proud.”
Glenn Smith added: “This is fantastic news for both Ollie and Charlotte – a deserved and huge congratulations to them for again making the Great Britain team for their second and third Paralympics, respectively.
“I am an immensely proud coach today. In a sport that requires a brutal training regime day in and day out, it is testament to their massive dedication and commitment.
“The focus now will be on the games in September and they know it will require another step up in performance.
“But rest assured they will be doing everything possible to make Great Britain, Mansfield District Council, the surrounding community, Nottinghamshire, Nova Centurion Swimming Club and Nottinghamshire Amateur Swimming Association proud.”
Executive mayor of Mansfield District Council, Kate Allsop said: “Ollie and Charlotte are the pride of Mansfield and such an inspiration for young people here.
“It is no surprise to us that these superb athletes have been selected for the British team in Rio and we wish them every success there.
“I would also like to thank Glenn Smith for his magnificent job in coaching them to the highest level.”
The BPA today announced the 31 swimmers who will compete for ParalympicsGB at Rio 2016, including Paralympic Champions Ollie Hynd, Sascha Kindred and Jessica-Jane Applegate.
Hynd is joined on the team by a formidable list of Paralympic multi-medallists including Ellie Simmonds, Charlotte Henshaw, James Crisp, Claire Cashmore and Sascha Kindred.
Hynd returned with three gold medals from the IPC Swimming European Championships to ensure he is one of the few athletes in history to hold Paralympic, World, European and Commonwealth titles at the same time.
Speaking today, Hynd commented: “I am so proud to be selected for Rio for ParalympicsGB, it is such an honour. The competition is getting tougher every time I get in the water but I know how hard I’ve been training so I can only be confident in my preparations. Rio will be an amazing experience.”
Also selected today was Ellie Simmonds, a household name in the UK following her incredible performances at Beijing in 2008 and at London 2012.
She said: “It is finally sinking in that I will be going to my third Paralympic Games, and I am so excited. The Paralympic Games is the biggest stage in the world to compete on and I can’t wait for the challenge.”
Charlotte Henshaw, one of the faces of the ‘Supercharge ParalympicsGB’ campaign to galvanise public support for the team, is already veteran of two Paralympic Games. She said today: “I always feel proud to compete for my country but competing for ParalympicsGB is something even more special. I would love to see the public get behind us as we go through our final training and preparations for Rio, and I’d urge people to get involved in the Supercharge campaign.”
Amongst the team there are also some new faces who look set to win medals in Rio. These include 12-year-old Abby Kane, who swept to a British record of 1.11.19 in the S13 100m backstroke at the Para-Swimming trials, Stephen Clegg, brother of track sprinter Libby Clegg and London 2012 swimming medallist James, and 14 year old Ellie Robinson, who took up swimming after watching her now-teammate Ellie Simmonds compete in London.
Penny Briscoe MBE, ParalympicsGB Chef de Mission for Rio 2016, said:
“I am really excited to announce the swimming team for ParalympicsGB today. This is historically a major medal sport for the team. Recent World and European competitions suggest that we could be looking at a big medal haul once again. Their performances at the recent European Championships have demonstrated the strength in depth that we have in this team and how exceptional these athletes are.
“The pool is one of the many places where competition at every Games just keeps getting tougher and it is going to be a real battleground for our athletes again in Rio. I can’t wait to watch them compete and cheer them on.
“I wholeheartedly congratulate them on their individual achievements to reach this stage of being selected for ParalympicsGB and wish them luck in their final preparations.”
British Para-Swimming National Performance Director Chris Furber believes that this team is a reflection on the hard work undertaken by the programme over the last two years.
“We have an exciting and capable team selected for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games,” Furber said.
“At British Para-Swimming we have work consistently on increasing the standards of our team which is reflected in the selection process and it’s a real positive to see 25 athletes achieving the time outright.
“We had an excellent trials that saw not only our experienced athletes stepping up but also 14 debutants fighting for and deserving their place on the team as well.
“The athletes know that the hard work doesn’t end at selection and I am confident that every one of them will go back and focus on achieving the necessary gains in their training and be ready to perform at their best in Rio.”
British Para-Swimming Head Coach Rob Greenwood said: “Over the last two and a half years the selection criteria that has been put in place has been challenging. This year’s selection policy was very similar to the one for last year’s World Championships where we had 14 outright qualifiers whereas this year we have had 25 and selected 31 athletes.
“Last year we created a clear ethos for the team and that has led to athletes really aspiring to be part of that. It’s a really focused group of athletes and there is no complacency at all in terms of being selected and job done. There is a focus around going to the Games and delivering life time best performances.”
Today’s announcement brings the number of selected athletes to a total of 81, across the sports of sailing, judo, table tennis, powerlifting, wheelchair rugby, wheelchair basketball (women’s) and swimming.
Ollie Hynd secured his third gold medal of the IPC Swimming European Championships in Madeira after winning the S8 100m Backstroke.
In his final, Hynd reached the turn first just ahead of Iurii Bozhynskyi (Ukraine) and showed his strength through the final 50m to touch first.
The Paralympic Champion finished in 1:06.56 to add 100m Backstroke gold to his S8 400m Freestyle and SM8 200m Individual Medley titles.
“I`m really happy to have won three golds,” Hynd said. “Although I would have liked a little bit more tonight with the time. It was a little bit slower than what I went last week at trials so that’s a little disappointing but it’s been a long couple of weeks of racing.
“It means everything to be standing on top of the podium for the third time though. I mean there is no greater feeling than winning a medal and hearing the National anthem.”
Charlotte Henshaw took the Gold Medal in the Womens SB6 100m Breaststroke last night in Madeira, producing a dominant performance, and becoming European Champion for the second time, a title she first won in 2009.
Ollie Hynd swims in his final event today in the S8 100m Backstroke, and will be hoping to add to his medal tally which currently stands at 4 – two Golds and two Silvers
Paralympic Champion Ollie Hynd won his second gold medal of the competition on day three of the IPC Swimming European Championships in Madeira.
The British Para-Swimming Team secured two golds, three silvers and two bronze medals with Andrew Mullen also claiming the top spot on the podium.
Hynd reclaimed his title for the third year running with a strong performance in the SM8 200m Individual Medley.
European record holder, Hynd, led the race from the first turn as he carved out over a second lead as the race entered the final 50m.
He touched in a time of 2:25.90 to win his second gold of the meet after winning the 400m Freestyle yesterday.
“I`m a little bit disappointed with the time but sometimes it’s about getting in and racing as fast as you can,” Hynd said. “It`s special to have claimed the title again. It’s the third time in a row now that I have got that European title in that event. I’m happy with the result overall.
“I`ve got a lot of things I need to work on now going forward but it’s going to keep me motivated for the future. There are a few technical things I need to work on in that race so I’m going to go back and work on that going forward.”
Hucknall win the plate
The Girls’ U19 Plate competition was a much more complicated affair. Two groups of three played a round robin tournament, then playoffs took place to determine the winners.
Every game was closely contested, with no huge score margins like the boys’ competition. Hucknall Water Polo showed some grit and determination throughout the competition, winning three out of three matches. They came away with a gold medal win.
City of Leeds also went into the finals unbeaten, topping Group B to take on Hucknall in the finals. The U19 Girls’ plate final was a nail-biting battle throughout, but Hucknall managed to scrape the win from the Leeds side, winning the match 5-4.
Caledonia and Otter played the third place playoff in the match before, and while London Otter were advancing and applying pressure to the Scottish side, they just couldn’t manage to pull back the goals, taking fourth place.
The Hucknall team captain, Naya Patel, commented on the win, “It feels amazing to win, we’re just a small club with big ambitions.
“Last year we can away with third, so to come back here today and take the gold has proved that we have the skill and we’re an organised group of girls who put in the training, which has put us up on top today.”
Dave Ackroyd’s funeral is on Thursday 5th May 11.45 at the Bramcote Crematorium
It is with great regret that we have to announce the death of our much loved coach Dave Ackroyd, who died yesterday surrounded by his family. We will all miss him.
Dave was a well loved coach at Nottingham Northern Swimming Club along with being a very active official at competitions across the county.
After a very serious illness in hospital, Dave was placed into an induced coma but unfortunately passed away yesterday.
Emma, his wife, wishes to thank everyone for their support over the last few weeks.
Our thoughts and prayers are with him, Emma and the girls; Phoebe and Fearne.
May he rest in peace.
We will announce details of funeral as and when we know
Please see below the funeral arrangements for Malcolm Crofts funeral.
Wednesday 30th March at 2.30pm
at Mansfield Crematorium. Derby Rd, Mansfield NG18 5BJ in the Thoresby Suite.
Flowers from family members only please.
Others- donations to Parkinson’s UK.
Everyone is invited to the Terrace in Il Rosso directly afterwards.
Il Rosso is a coffee shop just along Nottingham Road from the Crematorium travelling towards Mansfield-go through 3 sets of lights and its right next to the Sainsbury’s Superstore.