Speedo announces signing of Alice Tai MBE 281 29 Paralympic champion Tai partners with swimwear brand Speedo 8211 Insidethegames biz

Paralympic champion Alice Tai has partnered with leading swimwear brand Speedo, the company has announced.

Tai, who competes in the SB8, SM8 and S8 categories, has won gold medals at Paralympic, world, European and Commonwealth level.

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The 22-year-old earned a gold and bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, before winning seven gold medals at the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships in London.

Tai was last year awarded the prestigious Sunday Times’ Disability Sportswoman of the Year prize.

She was also named Athlete of the Year at the British Swimming Awards.

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Tai has welcomed the opportunity to sign with Speedo.

“My first ever proper race suit was Speedo and it’s really awesome that I can now say that I am officially partnering with the brand – I can’t wait to swim fast for the team,” Tai said.

“I love that the brand is so committed to being diverse and inclusive and it’s great to see them working with both Olympic and Paralympic athletes, so I’m really excited to join Team Speedo.”

Tai first secured international success in 2014 when she earned one gold, one silver and one bronze medal at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) European Swimming Championships in Eindhoven.

Her Paralympic debut at Rio 2016 saw Tai win gold as part of Britain’s 4×100 metres medley relay 34 point team, as well as earning individual bronze in the S10 100m backstroke.

Tai was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to swimming after the Games.

She secured four European t**les, as well as a gold and silver medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018, followed by World Championship success in 2019.

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Alice Tai won seven gold medals at the World Para Swimming Championships in 2019 ©Getty Images

Tai plays a number of musical instruments and is currently playing bass in a band called Blush, while she is also studying Japanese and neuroscience.

“We are incredibly honoured that Alice has chosen to join the Speedo team and cannot wait to have her with us,” said Sean Kavanagh, global director of sports marketing and sponsorship at Speedo.

“Alice is one of the brightest swimming stars in the world and we look forward to working with her and giving her all our support to help her maximise her undoubted talent.

“Alice has proven herself to be more than just a fantastic swimmer and, having publicly stood up for what she believes in, we believe she is a fantastic role model to help inspire the next generation of swimmer.”

Tai joins Paralympic star Ellie Simmonds in being supported by Speedo.

Duncan Scott, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, Freya Anderson, Tom Dean, Ollie Hynd and Matt Richards are among other British swimmers signed with Speedo.

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