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North Ayrshire Swimming is back in the national spotlight again this week as Abby Kane competes at the British Para-Swimming championships at Tollcross.
 
AbbyThis international event is part of the World Series and doubles as the trials for selection for Team GB at the World Championships in London in September.
 
Abby will be racing for the first three days of the meet, starting with the 200m IM on Thursday, followed by 400m freestyle on Friday, and finishing on Saturday with the event she is synonymous with, the 100m backstroke, in which she won her Paralympic silver medal at Rio 2016.
 
“We’re aiming for Abby to try and set best times in all those events,” says Head Coach, Jess Wilkie.
 
“She’s been swimming really well in training the last few weeks. We’ve upped the amount of metres she’s doing, and I hope that has boosted her fitness. We could be in for an exciting weekend and some fast racing.”
 
Abby competes in Para events with an SM13 classification, and unlike the galas that most of our swimmers are used to the results are decided not just on the time on the clock but how that time translates into multi-classification points.
 
So, Abby is competing not just against the swimmers in her SM13 category but the whole field on the basis of how many points they earn from the time they set.
 
And the swimming it isn’t the only test Abby is facing this week.
 
With selection for the next Paralympics in Tokyo 2020 in mind she’s taking her Higher PE a year early to avoid a clash with the trials next year.
 
That means after competing in her heat on Thursday morning, and having a cool-down swim, she’ll be going to the Emirates Arena where arrangements have been made for her to take her Higher PE paper.
 
If her swim in the heats that morning was good enough, after sitting the exam, she’ll be heading back down the road to Tollcross to take part in the finals.
 
Stay tuned to the club’s social media and we’ll keep you in touch with how Abby’s getting on at the meet.