Chandler’s Rachael Watson (S4) has claimed two silver medals – both in freestyle events – at the 2019 World Para Swimming World Series in Singapore.
The fifth leg of the seven-part series was held at the weekend, with the Rio Paralympian securing second spot in the Women’s 100m Freestyle Multi-Class in 1:30.51 and then backing it up the following night to take home the same result in the Women’s 50m Freestyle Multi-Class in 39.20.
On both occasions the Dolphin fell just short behind New Zealand champ Sophie Pascoe, who broke world records in each event to pinch the gold.
Watson has had a successful start to the 2019 season, having won a bronze medal in the 50m freestyle multi-class in the opening leg of the series in Melbourne, and most recently, snaring gold for same event at the 2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide.
Coached by Gary Watson (a coincidental last name!), the 27-year-old has also been selected to compete at the World Para Swimming Championships later this year, which takes place between 9-15 September in London.
Watson was one of three Australian athletes to take part in the Singapore leg of the series, with 2004 Paralympian Rod Welsh (S10) and Elizabeth Slack (S9) also battling it out in the pool.
Welsh came seventh in the Men’s 50m Freestyle Multi-Class and fifth in the Men’s 100m Backstroke Multi-Class, while Slack made two ‘B’ finals including the Women’s 100m Backstroke Multi-Class and the Women’s 100m Freestyle Multi-Class.
The next event on the Swimming Australia’s para calendar is the Para Grand Prix which will be held between 13-14 June and acts as prime preparation for September’s World Para Swimming Championships in London. For more information, click here.