Fiddes set for Dublin debut after incredible Worlds run


The latest in a long line of young British swimming hopefuls has cemented her place for this August’s Europeans, after topping the female table in the World Series.

Seventeen-year-old Louise Fiddes will make her senior debut this summer in Dublin following the extremely successful campaign that ended with her nearly a century of points ahead of her nearest rival, Canadian three-time Paralympic champion Aurelie Rivard.

Fiddes’ impressive haul of 4041 points has has given the Hatfield-based S14 swimmer confidence for the future.

“I’m really excited about being in the Europeans squad,” Louise began.

“Even though I got three A qualification times I didn’t think I would make the team, but it is so nice to see my name on that list with some really great swimmers.

“At Sheffield my 100m breaststroke event was my favourite as I got a PB by two seconds.”

She added: “I feel so honoured to be part of this team because I used to look at Bethy and Jessica and think I wanted to be like them, and now I’m racing against them!

“I would love to medal in the 100m breaststroke  – ideally a PB and a medal!

“I’m also excited about being on a team with Ellie Simmonds. She has been so nice to me and given me some useful advice, like always take an extension cable away with me!”