SWIMMING: Northern Ireland’s Bethany Firth ruled out of world championships

Bethany Firth
Bethany Firth

The British Team has suffered a blow ahead of he IPC Swimming World Championships with the news that Northern Ireland’s Bethany Firth has been ruled out through injury.

The Paralympic champion and world-record holder fractured her wrist during training and will miss the event, which takes places Glasgow from July 13-19.

The 19-year-old is the world-record holder in each of the four events she would have been contesting and Firth was understandably upset by the setback.

“I am really upset about not being able to compete in Glasgow,” she said.

“I had been looking forward to being a member of the British team and I was feeling in really good shape.

“The accident happened in training and I do not have enough time to recover in order to compete at the worlds.

“I want to wish my team-mates the best of luck for the competition. I know that they will be amazing and will show how good they are.”

Firth, who won a gold medal in the S14 100 metres backstroke while competing for Ireland at London 2012, has now switched her focus to the Paralympics in Rio in 2016.

In 2013, she won three events at the IPC World Championships.