Bethany Firth

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Bethany Firth
Personal information
Nationality Irish
Born (1996-02-14) 14 February 1996 (age 20)
Residence Seaforde, County Down, Northern Ireland
Height 172.7 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Sport Swimming
Club Ards Swim Club

Bethany Firth (born 14 February 1996) is a Northern Irish swimmer competing for Great Britain and Northern Ireland as of 2014; previously Firth had competed, and won a gold medal, for Ireland at the 2012 Summer Paralympics. Firth was born in Seaforde, County Down and competes in the S14 classification.

Swimming career[edit]

On 31 August, 2012 Firth, competing for Ireland in her first Paralympics, won a gold medal at the 2012 Paralympic games in London in the S14 100 metres backstroke final while representing Ireland.[1] [2] Firth, who has learning difficulties, had been swimming for only three years.

Firth won three silver medals at the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships.[3]

Later in the same year she announced her intention to switch national team and swim for Team GB instead of Ireland after serving a period out of competition.[4] The following year she represented Northern Ireland in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, competing in seven events against able-bodied athletes.[5]

In March 2015 Firth broke the world record for the S14 100m breaststroke in qualifying for that year's IPC World Championships.[6] Firth failed to compete in the World Championships after suffering a fractured wrist in training just a few days before the competition.[7]

On the 26 April 2016, in the qualifiers for the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio, Firth set a new world record in the S14 200 metres freestyle.[8] Competing at the British Para-International meet in Glasgow, she recorded a time of 2:03.70.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "NI's golden girl Bethany Firth 'over the moon' with Paralympic gold". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Bethany Firth". Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Third silver for Firth at IPC World Championships in Montreal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "BBC Sport - Bethany Firth: Swimmer switches from Ireland to Great Britain". BBC Sport. 18 December 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  5. ^ Simon, Nic (26 July 2014). "Firth enjoys first action on equal terms alongside world's elite". Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  6. ^ Luney,Graham (27 March 2015). "Golden girl Bethany Firth is on top of the world". Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "Injured Bethany Firth ruled out of IPC World Championships". BBC Sport. 2 July 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Bethany Firth, Eleanor Simmonds Set World Records at Para-International". 26 April 2016. Retrieved 26 April 2016.