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Great performance from Grace Harvey in Berlin

Tue 18th July 2017

Great Performance from Grace Harvey in Berlin

Hoddesdon Swimming Club’s Para Swimmer, Grace Harvey (S7, SB6, SM7), travelled to Germany to represent Great Britain for the first time in the World Para Swimming World Series in Berlin 6-9th July 2017. Swimming in seven events she reached seven finals and finished 2nd place in five events, and achieved four personal best times.


Hoddesdon swimming club’s Disability Head Coach Janet Warrington said “Grace has had a brilliant meet and we are all very proud of her. To be honest because Grace was focussing on her exams leading up to this event, we were not sure if her swimming preparation was going to be good enough. We worked together to make sure there was a balance and Grace maintained her fitness in the water and we were concentrating on positive thinking, having said that the exams still had to come first. The fact that Grace has come back to the UK achieving four personal bests is fantastic.”


“The GB coach who was looking after Grace in Berlin sent me a message to say she was in a positive mood and had taken on a leadership role within the GB squad, this made me very proud.”


The five 2nd places were in the 200m backstroke (S7), 800m freestyle (S7), 400m freestyle (S7), 100m backstroke (S7) and 200m Individual Medley (SM7). Finishing 4th place in the 100m freestyle and 5th in the 100m breaststroke (SB6).


Personal Bests were achieved in the 200m backstroke (3:11.77 - 684 points); 50m backstroke (43.53 – 619 points); 100m backstroke (1:31.18 – 659 points) and 200m Individual Medley (3:14.16 – 700 points).


Grace, who is a pupil at Presdales School and resident of Stanstead Abbotts is now preparing for the British Swimming Nationals in Sheffield 25-30th July where she needs to impress the British Para Swimming coaches once again.


Full set of results can be found on the Internationale Deutshe Mesterschaften (IDM) website: