Swimmer Steph set to be star attraction in London

Hero: Swimmer Stephanie Slater is to be a special guest at a London event
Hero: Swimmer Stephanie Slater is to be a special guest at a London event
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Preston’s swimming star Stephanie Slater is to be one of the main attractions at British Paralympic Day next weekend.

The 24-year-old achieved a fabulous seven gold medals in last week’s IPC European Championships in Eindhoven.

She was also one of the success stories of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, winning silver in the 100m freestyle event.

She said: “Glasgow was an amazing experience but my next targets are the Worlds and then to get a Paralympic medal, which is everybody’s dream.

“The whole Paralympic thing has changed massively since London and it is great to be part of it.

“Without the profile and things like National Paralympic Day maybe I would not be a part of it, so it is great to help encourage others to do the same.”

She began her career as an able-bodied athlete, but disaster struck as she was preparing from the Delhi Commwealth Games in 2010.

Severe nerve damage lead to her losing the use of her left arm and put paid to her Olympic dreams.

She said: “It was really hard for me to get back into swimming after losing the use of my arm and without the 2012 Paralympics I’m not sure I would ever have done so.

“Watching all the action just inspired me to get back in the pool. I thought, ‘I can do that’, and that’s how it took off.

“Now two years later I’m beating some of those people who inspired me by winning golds in London.”

Now she is expected to be one of the star attractions of British Paralympic Day on August 30 at the London Olympic Park, which will feature top-level international competition as well as opportunities for prospective para-athletes.