Great Britain retained their top team title at the 11th World Down Syndrome Swimming & Artistic Championships in Antalya, Turkiye. The Championships were held over the week 19-26 March 2024 as part of the World Trisomy Games comprising 8 sports – athletics, basketball, futsal, gymnastics, judo, swimming, tennis and table tennis.

Down Syndrome Swimming Great Britain took a team of 29 swimmers (15 male and 14 female including 2 female Mosaic swimmers) to Antalya to compete at the championships with 25 countries taking part at the event in Southern Turkey. There was a total of 95 male swimmers (including 5 Mosaic) and 72 female swimmers (including 10 Mosaic).

This was the first event to take place at the very recently constructed 50m swimming pool at the Akdeniz University, Antalya, Turkey.

The GB team had prepared well in the build-up to the Championships and responded brilliantly to the pressure on the biggest stage to repeat their 2022 Best Team ranking. Thanks to the superb efforts of everyone involved they came home with an impressive haul of 31 medals, numerous World and European records and the Best Team 2024 trophy.

They won 15 gold, 7 silver and 9 bronze medals and attained 1,146 points to go clear of Portugal (662 points), Mexico (655 points), Italy (647) and France (546) in the overall points table.

Ellen Stephenson of Richmond Dales came away with the Top Female Mosaic swimmer award and Female Mosaic most valuable swimmer (excluding points for World Records) after winning seven gold medals (100m Free, 400m Free, 800m Free, 1500m Free, 50m Back, 100m Back and 200m Back) and one silver medal (200m Free) setting 6 Mosaic World Records in 100m Free, 800m Free, 1500mm Free, 50m Back, 100m Back and 200m Back.

Mark Evens, Team Captain won 3 Gold medals for 400m Free, 800m Free & 1500m Free, 1 Silver medal for 100m Fly, 1 Bronze medal for 200m Free plus 3 relay medals. Mark was named male T21 most valuable swimmer at the Champs (excluding points for World Records).

Alex Edwards (Mosaic) – 1 Gold medal 200m Butterfly (new Mosaic World Record), 3 Silver medals for 100m Back, 50m Fly, 50m Back & 1 Bronze medal for 100m Free.

Zac Lacey – Gold medal 200m Fly

Amalia Freeland – Silver medal for 200m IM, 3 Bronze medals for 50m Fly, 100m Fly, & 100m Free

Jemima Rudd-Jones – Bronze medal 200m Fly

Caroline Faithfull – Bronze medal 1500m Free

Jack Lyons – Bronze medal 50m Breaststroke

The British relay teams also had fantastic success, winning 3 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze medal, breaking 2 World Records and a European Record.

Mixed 4 x 100m Free Relay – Gold medal and new World Record – Jack Lyons, Amalia Freeland, Caitlin Hatfield & Mark Evens

Mixed 4 x 100m Medley Relay – Gold medal and new European Record – Amalia Freeland, Holly Sullivan, Zac Lacey & Mark Evens

Women’s 4 x 200m Free Relay – Gold medal and new World Record – Caroline Faithfull, Cerys McCrindle, Amalia Freeland & Caitlin Hatfield

Women’s 4 x 100m Free Relay – Silver medal – Scarlett Jones, Caroline Faithfull, Cerys McCrindle & Caitlin Hatfield

Men’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay – Bronze medal – Dylan Williams, William Reed, Zac Lacey & Mark Evens

GB Team Points (including points for World Records)

Mark Evens 87
Ellen Stephenson 82
Amalia Freeland 62
Caitlin Hatfield 54
Alex Edwards 43
Zac Lacey 42.5
Caroline Faithfull 32.5
Cerys McCrindle 27.5
Jack Lyons 25.5
William Roberts 19
Will Reed 16.5
Will Browning 14
Scarlett Jones 10
Holly Sullivan 9
Jemima Rudd-Jones 9
Mark Holmes 9
Dylan Williams 7.5
Lizzie Allen 6
Laura Logan 2
Kathryn Martin 1


The squad included two newcomers (Dorian Williams and Scarlett Jones) for whom this was their first international competition. Both performed extremely well and handled the pressure admirably. Scarlett was reserve for two finals and came 7th in the open 200m freestyle final, breaking the junior European Record.

Following the team’s success, head coach Neil Lacey said:

“The competition in Turkey has been a tough five days with the standards in the pool at the highest level ever. The Great Britain team has risen to the challenge and produced some outstanding performances with several World Champions and new World Records set across many events.

Special mention should go to Ellen Stephenson for 6 World records from 8 events, Team Captain Mark Evens for being the ‘most valuable swimmer’ and the GB relay teams who won medals in five of the eight relays and set 2 new World Records and a European Record in the process.

A huge thank you should go to all the swimmers’ clubs and teams back home, a very proud time to be a GB team member.”

Click here to see all the results from the World Down Syndrome Swimming Championships 2024.

Down Syndrome Swimming GB squad and staff for the World Down Syndrome Swimming Championships 2024:

Lizzie Allen, Oswestry Otters/Alton & District SC

Holly Bocking, Colchester Phoenix ASC

William Browning, Tadcaster York Sport Swim Squad/Tadcaster Stingrays

Daniel Daley, Cheshire Penguins/City of Manchester Aquatics

Alex Edwards, Bristol Penguin Olympic SC

Mark Evens (captain), Hitchin SC

Caroline Faithfull, Taunton Deane SC

Amalia Freeland, Leander SC

Beth Greig, Arbroath St Thomas SC

Caitlin Hatfield, Winchester Penguins SC

Mark Holmes, Colchester Phoenix ASC/West Suffolk SC

Dylan Hughes, Oswestry Otters SC/City of Newport S&WPC

Scarlett Jones, Darlington ASC/ NE Disability SC

Zac Lacey, Seaclose SC/IoW Swim Team

Laura Logan, South Ayrshire Swim Team

Jack Lyons, Sharks of Mottingham

Conor Macauley-Conway, Kingston Royals SC/Evans Swim School

Kathryn Martin, Bracknell & Wokingham SC Masters

Matthew McCreadie, Inverness ASC/Highland Swim Team

Cerys McCrindle, South Ayrshire Swim Team

Thomas Raddings, City of Wakefield SC

William Reed, Teddington SC Masters

William Roberts, PSOSG/St Ives SC

Stephane Rouyer-Brown, Runnymede SC/East Essex Tri Club

Jemima Rudd-Jones, RTW Monson SC

Ellen Stephenson, Richmond Dales ASC/NE Disability SC

Holly Sullivan, Swindon ASC

Dorian Williams, Trowbridge ASC

Dylan Williams, Torfaen Dolphins SC/Oswestry Otters

Poolside Staff

Neil Lacey, head coach

Julie Evens, team manager

Kathryn Stephenson, team doctor

Alex Freeland

Betty Logan

Terry Raddings

Sandra Proudfoot

Andrea Manson

Ian Logan

Joh Sydenham

Beatrice Rouyer-Brown


British Down Syndrome Swimming Championships 2024

The team are now preparing for this year’s British Down Syndrome Swimming Championships.

The event returns to K2, Crawley on 16-17 November 2024. Entries for the competition will close on 26 October. Information about the event, including how to enter can be found on the DSS-GB website

We are always keen to identify new talent and the Championships are a key event to spot up and coming swimmers.

All strokes and distances. 25m races for novices.