Earlier today, New Zealand para-swimmer Nikita Howarth departed for a Kiwi national team training camp in Spain ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
If Nikita Howarth or adaptive swimming teammate Sophie Pascoe medal, they would be the first New Zealand swimmers to get an para-swimming medal at the Games.
Only six swimming medal events are on offer for para-swimmers in Glasgow. They are in the men’s 100m freestyle S9, the men’s 200m freestyle S14, men’s 200m individual medley SM8, the women’s 100m freestyle S8, the women’s 100m breaststroke SB9 and the women’s 200m individual medley SM10. It is only the third time that Paralympic sports have been on the programme at the Games, with the first time being at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia.