SWIMMING: Welbourn gets nod for Paralympics

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MARKET Deeping swimming ace Rob Welbourn has been named in the first batch of selections for the London Paralympics.

The 24-year-old took the silver medal in the 400m freestyle at both the Athens (2004) and Beijing (2008) Paralympics, as well as landing gold as part of the successful 4x100m freestyle quartet on both occasions.

He is one of 16 swimmers already picked for the summer games in the capital.

Welbourn, who has three fingers on one hand and very little left forearm muscle, will again compete in the S10 400m freestyle.

Now based in Swansea, Welbourn is delighted to have been given the nod once again – and is gunning for another medal.

He said: “Winning the medals was a fantastic achievement that I’m really proud of.

“But a home games is something I’ll never experience again. When you put so much in, it’s nice to get the rewards.

“It is hard work. I’m in the pool ten times a week for two hours at a time, maybe more, and in the gym three or four times a week.

“I’ve practically had to give up everything else to concentrate on the swimming so I’ll be putting everything into it to make sure I get the best result I can.”