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
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
First Brit to win 2019
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.
5 Individual golds &
1 Individual World Record
( S8 100m Back)
1 relay World Record (
womens 4 x 100 medley team )