Para-swimming: Four Wales-based swimmers included in 2017 squad

Aaron Moores
Aaron Moores is from Trowbridge in Wiltshire but trains in Swansea and is funded by Disability Sport Wales

Four Wales-based swimmers have been included in British Para-swimming's 49-athlete performance squad for 2017.

Paralympic gold medallist Aaron Moores, who trains in Swansea, has been selected for the Podium Programme.

Meanwhile, Bethan Eckley from Cardiff, Molly Hopkins from Neath and Rebecca Lewis from Rhondda have all been selected for the Para-Academy.

Sascha Kindred, Susie Rodgers and Stephanie Millward, who all won gold in Rio, have been left out of the squad.

22-year-old Moores beat team-mate Scott Quinn in a close finish in the SB14 100 metres breaststroke to win gold in Rio and seal a British one-two.

"Rio marked the end a really strong cycle for British Para-Swimming. We reversed the downward trend and we achieved some of the best results ever for the sport at a Paralympics," National Performance Director Chris Furber said.

"However, as predicted the standard of competition in Rio took another leap forwards and while it's important to enjoy our success we can't miss a beat as we now prepare for Tokyo.

Paralympics GB's para-swimmers returned from the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games with a total of 47 medals, which included 16 golds, making up almost a third of the total medal haul.

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