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Alice Tai named International Paralympic Committee Athlete of the Month

Record-breaker Alice Tai has added another accolade to her growing collection of awards after being crowned Athlete of the Month.

The 20-year-old was the most successful athlete at the World Para-swimming Championships 2019 after winning seven gold medals.

She also set a new world record in the Women’s S8 100m backstroke after clocking an impressive 1:08.04 to break her own previous best.

Her triumphs led her to be shortlisted by the International Paralympic Committee for September’s Athlete of the Month award.

And Tai, who was this week named on the British Para-swimming World Class Programme for the 2019-20 season, picked up almost half the votes cast to top the poll.

First Brit to win 2019 award

She received 47 per cent of the public vote to finish ahead of Hungarian wheelchair fencer Eva Andrea Hajmasi (32 per cent)

She becomes the first British athlete to receive the award this year.

In the recent World Para-Swimming, Alice Tai, who won seven World Para-Swimming gold medals in an exciting week of competition at the London Aquatic Centre. Alice also broke one Para world record in the S8 100m Backstroke as well as being part of the British 4 x 100 medley team which also took a world record . The Ealing based student, trains at Gurnell, Northolt & Dormers Wells Pools in the borough and  raced on every day of the seven day competition and after a short break will be starting her  training towards the Tokyo Para-Olympics guided by  Ealing head coach Dave Heathcock . The Paralympic Trials will be held in April where Alice will hope to book her place on the plane to Tokyo.

S8 category

7 gold medals,

5 Individual golds & World Titles

2 relay golds

1 Individual World Record ( S8 100m Back)

1 relay World Record ( womens 4 x 100 medley team )