Glasgow Caledonian University swimmer to compete in Rio Paralympics

01 September 2016

Glasgow Caledonian University swimmer to compete in Rio Paralympics

Andrew Mullen is representing Great Britain

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) student Andrew Mullen is to represent Great Britain in the Paralympics in Rio.

Swimmer Andrew, who has been taking time out to train but will resume his studies in Finance, Investment and Risk after the Games, will compete from September 8-17.

It will be Andrew’s second Paralympics. He narrowly missed out on a medal at his debut at London 2012, finishing fourth in the 50m backstroke S5 and the 50m butterfly S5.

Andrew made his international debut aged 14 at the 2011 IPC Swimming European Championships in Berlin. Since then, as well as competing at London 2012, he has scooped international awards including six medals at the 2014 IPC Swimming European Championships in Eindhoven (four gold and two silver), and four individual medals at the 2015 IPC World Championships at home in Glasgow. The same year, he set European records in the 50m backstroke S5 and the 50m butterfly S5.

This year, Andrew took four individual gold medals, as well as a silver, at the IPC Swimming European Championships.

He is one of 30 swimmers joining the 264-strong British team competing in 19 sports in Rio. The British team has never finished outside the top five in the medal table. At London 2012, the team won 120 medals, including 34 golds, to finish third behind China and Russia.

The Games open on September 7.

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