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With just over three months to go until the start of the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games, swimmer Suzanna Hext today became the first University of Bath athlete to be officially selected by Paralympics GB to compete at the Paralympic Games.

The United Kingdom, through the British Paralympic Association, a member of theInternational Paralympic Committee, has selected the reigning world champion ahead of Paris 2024, which will be her second Paralympic Games.

The Paris 2024 Paralympic Games will be the seventeenth ParalympicGames in history and, like the Olympic Games, will be held in Paris. They will be held from 28 August to 8 September 2024.

The British athlete from Truro, near the mouth of the English Channel, will be competing in her second Paralympic Games after her debut at Tokyo 2020. She has been undergoing strength and conditioning training at Team Bath's Sports Training Village (STV) with the UK Sports Institute (UKSI).

A member of Swindon-based club Tigersharks ASC, Hext also does part of her training in the London 2012 Legacy Pool at the STV. She is accompanied by her hearing dog, Kimmy, around the pool and in the high performance gym.

Hext competes in the S5/SB4/SM5 classification and won gold in the S5 50m freestyle and silver in the 100m freestyle at the Manchester 2023 Para Swimming World Championships.

She also set the qualification standard for Paris 2024 by swimming well inside the qualifying time in the S5 100m freestyle at the Aquatics GB Swimming Championships last month.

She has a glittering resume of titles in a variety of disciplines and is a triple European Para Dressage gold medallist and World Para Swimming champion.

The 35-year-old athlete couldn't hide her emotions, writing on social media platform X: "I honestly can't believe I'm writing this, I've been selected for my second PARALYMPIC GAMES. What an honour it will be to represent Paralympics GB and Aquatics GB".

In Tokyo, Suzanna reached two individual finals in the women's S5 100m and 200m freestyle, finishing fourth in both after two performances that showcased her drive and resilience.