Watson won her first medal in the women’s 100m freestyle Multi-class (1:30.51) and returned to the pool the following night to win her second in the women’s 50m freestyle Multi-class (39.20). On both occasions, she finished just behind nine-time Paralympic champion Sophie Pascoe (NZL), who was racing in s10 world record time.
Coached by Gary Watson, Watson [Rachael] has enjoyed a successful start to the 2019 season. She won a bronze medal in the women’s 50m freestyle Multi-class in the Series’ opening leg in Melbourne, VIC, and gold in the same event at the 2019 Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide, SA. She has also been selected to compete at the 2019 World Para-swimming Championships in London, England, this September.
Joining Watson in Singapore was 2004 Paralympian Rod Welsh (S10) and Elizabeth Slack (S9). Welsh placed seventh in the men’s 50m freestyle Multi-class and fifth in the men’s 100m backstroke Multi-class, while Slack reached the ‘B’ final in the women’s 100m backstroke Multi-class and women’s 100m freestyle Multi-class.
The next event on the Australian Para-swimming calendar is the 2019 Para-swimming Grand Prix in Brisbane, QLD, on 13-14 June.
By Swimming Australia