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Bethany Firth finally set to make her Great Britain bow on back of flight cancellation

By David Kelly

Bethany Firth will be ready to make her delayed debut for Great Britain today at the IPC European swimming championships.

Firth, a Paralympic gold medallist for Ireland four years ago, arrived at the championships in Madeira yesterday after her flight from Edinburgh on Monday had been cancelled due to the weather.

The 20-year-old from Seaforde, who swims for Ards, missed out on the 100m backstroke event but will compete in the 100m breaststroke today and the medley on Saturday.

Firth was in great form at last week’s British trials when qualifying in four events for the Rio Olympics.

Ards coach Nelson Lindsay said: “Having given so much at the British trials, it will be hard for Bethany to reproduce that in a back-to-back meet.

“Bethany was a bit annoyed at the flight being cancelled but obviously that was out of her hands. She’s arrived now and is ready to go.”

Firth’s clubmate, Barry McClements, 14, has been performing well, clocking three PBs.

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