Paralympic champion Ellie Simmonds calls for home crowd to support British swimmers at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships‏

Britain's best known Paralympian launches tickets sales for the nation's biggest para-sport event since London 2012

Four-time Paralympic champion Ellie Simmonds and Glasgow-born European Champion Andrew Mullen today (Monday 15 December) launched the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships and stressed the importance of `home advantage' for British swimmers.

Simmonds, Britain's most recognised Paralympian, is just one of 650 swimmers from 50 countries who will converge on Glasgow's Tollcross International Swimming Centre for next summer's prestigious event which will run from 13-19 July.

The World Championships, which are staged every two years, are the biggest event on the calendar for para-swimming outside of the Paralympic Games and will see the world's best male and female para-swimmers - including Ellie and Andrew - in action.

Tickets are on general public sale from today (Monday 15 December) via www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Glasgow2015 priced at just £10/£15 for adults for heats/finals, while all under-16s go free (t&c's apply).

Event organisers expect families to pack Tollcross to the rafters to ensure a repeat of the amazing support witnessed at the venue during Glasgow 2014.

Ellie Simmonds, who has won 13 World titles and 10 European titles, as well as having 10 World Records to her name, is looking forward to competing at Tollcross - the scene of the hugely successful Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

She said: "I'm so excited about the home World Championships. Home support was so important during the London 2012 Paralympics and I really love it when the crowd cheer us on. I hope that we get big audiences so we can show them how brilliant our sport is.

"Glasgow will be my fourth World Championships and I think it will be really special. I love competing at the top level. Racing fast is the best part of my sport but this will be made even better with a great crowd getting behind the team.

"The world's best will be coming to Glasgow for this competition and it would be great if we could make the first British-held World Championships the best one yet."

Glasgow-born European record holder Andrew Mullen is looking to continue his form from this summer's European Championships where he won four Golds and two Silver medals. He also hopes that competing in Glasgow will work to his advantage.

He said: "I'm really looking forward to competing in front of a home crowd here at Tollcross. I've was born here so I know how passionate the Glasgow residents are about sport.

"I saw how great the support was for swimming during the Commonwealth Games and I really hope that we get the same support in July. I was really proud of my city this summer. The Games were great and I know that the World Championships will be just as exciting."

Mullen will be joined by fellow Scot and European Silver Medallist Scott Quin.

Councillor Archie Graham, Chair of Glasgow Life, said: "We are coming to the end of what has been an outstanding year of sport for Glasgow but as we look ahead to 2015 we will be celebrating Glasgow's continued reign as a world-class sporting city.

"Our portfolio of international sporting events will continue to grow and events such as the IPC Swimming World Championships will ensure we build on our reputation for delivering the standard of competition that is now expected by spectators at our events.

"I have no doubt that the Glasgow crowds will turn out on force to support these fantastic world championships and will be roaring on our home-grown talent led by Ellie and Andrew."

The British Gas GBR Para-Swimming Team is likely to include Paralympic, world and Commonwealth champion Ollie Hynd and seven-time European Champion Stephanie Slater.

In addition, some of the World's best para-swimmers including 12-time Paralympic gold medallist Jessica Long (USA), eight-time Paralympic champion Jacqueline Freney (AUS), Paralympic and world champion Marc Evers (NED) and three-time Paralympic champion Andre Brasil (BRA) are expected to attend.

Across seven days of breath-taking competition there will be 172 medals up for grabs with athletes competing in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, individual medley, freestyle relay and medley relay across 14 different classes, with distances ranging from 50m-400m.

Tickets are now available via www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Glasgow2015

Rights-free images are available at http://www.jshpix.co or email Jeff Holmes directly at jeff@jshpix.co or call him on 07802 610085 with your request.

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Notes to Editors 1. Para-swimming is governed by IPC Swimming and coordinated by the IPC Swimming Sport Technical Committee, which incorporates the rules of the International Swimming Federation (FINA). The FINA rules are followed with a few modifications, such as optional platform or in-water starts for some races and the use of signals or `tappers' for swimmers with visual impairment; however, no prostheses or assistive devices are permitted.

  1. Tickets are on sale to the General Public from 15 December 2014, online via www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Glasgow2015

  2. Glasgow 2015 forms part of UK Sport's Gold Event Series, a £27million National Lottery funded initiative which aims to bring up to 70 world class sporting events to the UK by 2019.

  3. The event is funded by British Swimming, UK Sport, Event Scotland and Glasgow Life, and supported by Scottish Swimming.

  4. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. The IPC supervises the organisation of the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, and serves as the International Federation for nine sports, for which it oversees and co-ordinates the World Championships and other competitions, including swimming. For further information, please contact Lucy Dominy, IPC Public Relations and Campaigns Manager on e-mail: lucy.dominy@paralympic.org or call +49-228-2097-159

  5. British Swimming is the National Governing Body for Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo and Open Water in Great Britain. It is responsible internationally for the high performance representation of the sport. The members of British Swimming are the three Home Countries national governing bodies of England (ASA), Scotland (Scottish ASA) and Wales. (Welsh ASA) British Swimming seeks to enable its athletes to achieve gold medal success at the Olympics, Paralympics, World Championships and Commonwealth Games. www.swimming.org

  6. UK Sport is the nation's high performance sports agency responsible for the strategic investment of around £350million of National Lottery and Exchequer funding in Olympic and Paralympic sports preparing for Rio 2016 and beyond.

UK Sport's Gold Event Series will invest £27million of National Lottery funding to support the bidding and staging costs of major events on home soil, as well as providing specialist support to organisers. Events are supported for their likely performance impact on GB athletes, but also to maximise the wider sporting, social, cultural, economic and environmental benefits.

The Gold Event Series will aim to bring over 70 of the world's most prestigious sporting events to the UK, including 36 World and European Championships. This ambitious programme will support British athletes' preparation and qualification for Rio 2016, while generating approximately £287 million of additional expenditure in host cities and regions and bringing over 250,000 overseas visitors to the UK. Events already secured include the 2017 World Athletics and IPC Athletics Championships to be staged in the London Olympic Stadium and the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships at the Hydro Arena in Glasgow.

  1. EventScotland is working to make Scotland the perfect stage for events. By developing an exciting portfolio of sporting and cultural events EventScotland is helping to raise Scotland's international profile and boost the economy by attracting more visitors. For further information about EventScotland, its funding programmes and latest event news visit www.EventScotland.org. Follow EventScotland on Twitter @EventScotNews. EventScotland is part of VisitScotland, the national tourism organisation which markets Scotland as a tourism destination across the world, gives support to the tourism industry and brings sustainable tourism growth to Scotland.

  2. Glasgow Life is a charity which delivers cultural, sporting and learning activities on behalf of Glasgow City Council, inspiring Glasgow citizens and visitors to lead richer and more active lives through culture and sport. Across more than 150 facilities, Glasgow Life is providing citizens and visitors with greater access to cultural, sporting and learning opportunities which will enable individuals, communities and the city to thrive.

Britain's best known Paralympian launches tickets sales for the nation's biggest para-sport event since London 2012

Four-time Paralympic champion Ellie Simmonds and Glasgow-born European Champion Andrew Mullen today (Monday 15 December) launched the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships and stressed the importance of `home advantage' for British swimmers.

Simmonds, Britain's most recognised Paralympian, is just one of 650 swimmers from 50 countries who will converge on Glasgow's Tollcross International Swimming Centre for next summer's prestigious event which will run from 13-19 July.

The World Championships, which are staged every two years, are the biggest event on the calendar for para-swimming outside of the Paralympic Games and will see the world's best male and female para-swimmers - including Ellie and Andrew - in action.

Tickets are on general public sale from today (Monday 15 December) via www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Glasgow2015 priced at just £10/£15 for adults for heats/finals, while all under-16s go free (t&c's apply).

Event organisers expect families to pack Tollcross to the rafters to ensure a repeat of the amazing support witnessed at the venue during Glasgow 2014.

Ellie Simmonds, who has won 13 World titles and 10 European titles, as well as having 10 World Records to her name, is looking forward to competing at Tollcross - the scene of the hugely successful Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

She said: "I'm so excited about the home World Championships. Home support was so important during the London 2012 Paralympics and I really love it when the crowd cheer us on. I hope that we get big audiences so we can show them how brilliant our sport is.

"Glasgow will be my fourth World Championships and I think it will be really special. I love competing at the top level. Racing fast is the best part of my sport but this will be made even better with a great crowd getting behind the team.

"The world's best will be coming to Glasgow for this competition and it would be great if we could make the first British-held World Championships the best one yet."

Glasgow-born European record holder Andrew Mullen is looking to continue his form from this summer's European Championships where he won four Golds and two Silver medals. He also hopes that competing in Glasgow will work to his advantage.

He said: "I'm really looking forward to competing in front of a home crowd here at Tollcross. I've was born here so I know how passionate the Glasgow residents are about sport.

"I saw how great the support was for swimming during the Commonwealth Games and I really hope that we get the same support in July. I was really proud of my city this summer. The Games were great and I know that the World Championships will be just as exciting."

Mullen will be joined by fellow Scot and European Silver Medallist Scott Quin.

Councillor Archie Graham, Chair of Glasgow Life, said: "We are coming to the end of what has been an outstanding year of sport for Glasgow but as we look ahead to 2015 we will be celebrating Glasgow's continued reign as a world-class sporting city.

"Our portfolio of international sporting events will continue to grow and events such as the IPC Swimming World Championships will ensure we build on our reputation for delivering the standard of competition that is now expected by spectators at our events.

"I have no doubt that the Glasgow crowds will turn out on force to support these fantastic world championships and will be roaring on our home-grown talent led by Ellie and Andrew."

The British Gas GBR Para-Swimming Team is likely to include Paralympic, world and Commonwealth champion Ollie Hynd and seven-time European Champion Stephanie Slater.

In addition, some of the World's best para-swimmers including 12-time Paralympic gold medallist Jessica Long (USA), eight-time Paralympic champion Jacqueline Freney (AUS), Paralympic and world champion Marc Evers (NED) and three-time Paralympic champion Andre Brasil (BRA) are expected to attend.

Across seven days of breath-taking competition there will be 172 medals up for grabs with athletes competing in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, individual medley, freestyle relay and medley relay across 14 different classes, with distances ranging from 50m-400m.

Tickets are now available via www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Glasgow2015

Rights-free images are available at http://www.jshpix.co or email Jeff Holmes directly at jeff@jshpix.co or call him on 07802 610085 with your request.

ENDS

Notes to Editors 1. Para-swimming is governed by IPC Swimming and coordinated by the IPC Swimming Sport Technical Committee, which incorporates the rules of the International Swimming Federation (FINA). The FINA rules are followed with a few modifications, such as optional platform or in-water starts for some races and the use of signals or `tappers' for swimmers with visual impairment; however, no prostheses or assistive devices are permitted.

  1. Tickets are on sale to the General Public from 15 December 2014, online via www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Glasgow2015

  2. Glasgow 2015 forms part of UK Sport's Gold Event Series, a £27million National Lottery funded initiative which aims to bring up to 70 world class sporting events to the UK by 2019.

  3. The event is funded by British Swimming, UK Sport, Event Scotland and Glasgow Life, and supported by Scottish Swimming.

  4. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. The IPC supervises the organisation of the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, and serves as the International Federation for nine sports, for which it oversees and co-ordinates the World Championships and other competitions, including swimming. For further information, please contact Lucy Dominy, IPC Public Relations and Campaigns Manager on e-mail: lucy.dominy@paralympic.org or call +49-228-2097-159

  5. British Swimming is the National Governing Body for Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo and Open Water in Great Britain. It is responsible internationally for the high performance representation of the sport. The members of British Swimming are the three Home Countries national governing bodies of England (ASA), Scotland (Scottish ASA) and Wales. (Welsh ASA) British Swimming seeks to enable its athletes to achieve gold medal success at the Olympics, Paralympics, World Championships and Commonwealth Games. www.swimming.org

  6. UK Sport is the nation's high performance sports agency responsible for the strategic investment of around £350million of National Lottery and Exchequer funding in Olympic and Paralympic sports preparing for Rio 2016 and beyond.

UK Sport's Gold Event Series will invest £27million of National Lottery funding to support the bidding and staging costs of major events on home soil, as well as providing specialist support to organisers. Events are supported for their likely performance impact on GB athletes, but also to maximise the wider sporting, social, cultural, economic and environmental benefits.

The Gold Event Series will aim to bring over 70 of the world's most prestigious sporting events to the UK, including 36 World and European Championships. This ambitious programme will support British athletes' preparation and qualification for Rio 2016, while generating approximately £287 million of additional expenditure in host cities and regions and bringing over 250,000 overseas visitors to the UK. Events already secured include the 2017 World Athletics and IPC Athletics Championships to be staged in the London Olympic Stadium and the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships at the Hydro Arena in Glasgow.

  1. EventScotland is working to make Scotland the perfect stage for events. By developing an exciting portfolio of sporting and cultural events EventScotland is helping to raise Scotland's international profile and boost the economy by attracting more visitors. For further information about EventScotland, its funding programmes and latest event news visit www.EventScotland.org. Follow EventScotland on Twitter @EventScotNews. EventScotland is part of VisitScotland, the national tourism organisation which markets Scotland as a tourism destination across the world, gives support to the tourism industry and brings sustainable tourism growth to Scotland.

  2. Glasgow Life is a charity which delivers cultural, sporting and learning activities on behalf of Glasgow City Council, inspiring Glasgow citizens and visitors to lead richer and more active lives through culture and sport. Across more than 150 facilities, Glasgow Life is providing citizens and visitors with greater access to cultural, sporting and learning opportunities which will enable individuals, communities and the city to thrive.