Swimming

Photo:Swimmers at the Tokyo games in 1964

Swimmers at the Tokyo games in 1964

film still: Wheelpower


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Watch archive film footage of races in the first Stoke Mandeville pool from 1955 and of the competition at the 1964 Tokyo games here



Robin Surgeoner won four gold medals at Seoul in 1988

"I'd go into the venue; I'd warm up in a very insular focused way...Then I'd go into the holding room; each time I'd have my swimming cap on and dark mirrored sunglasses, because what it did, it kept other people from seeing into me, to keep that focus."

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Watch Robin talking about how we prepared psychologically for the races that he won at Seoul here



Tara Flood competed in the games at New York, Seoul and Barcelona between 1984 and 1992, taking gold and the world record at Barcelona in the Les Autres class 50 metres breast stroke


Photo:Tara (2nd on right) and some of the GB team at the 1984 New York games

Tara (2nd on right) and some of the GB team at the 1984 New York games

photo: Tara Flood

"'Les Autres' was not just people with Cerebral Palsy, people with particular impairments;it was a whole collaboration of disabled people and it needed a classification system that was able to manage that so swimmers with particular impairments were able to swim against swimmers with other impairments, but with some degree of equity."

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Watch Tara discussing her increasing disenchantment with the systems of sports classification in swimming here



Chris Holmes won six gold medals in the visually-impaired swimming class at Barcelona in 1992

"I closed my mind to that noise and the one thought that was in my head, just before we got called to our markers, was that for every arm stroke, for every pull I'd take in that race, I will have swum two million metres in training: such a positive and powerful little thought to be lodged in my mind..."

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Watch Chris describing winning his final gold in the 100 meteres freestyle at Barcelona here



James O'Shea swam as a leg-amputee in the 2012 games in London

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Watch James talking about the inequities of some aspects of the system of classification for leg-amputee swimmers here






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