Star swimmer Jonny Booth is Rio-bound.

The Huddersfield sportsman has been confirmed in the Paralympics GB squad for the Games in the Brazilian city in the summer.

And he admits: “It’s going to be an amazing experience.”

The Borough of Kirklees swimmer received the news on Wednesday lunchtime.

He will be competing with thousands of athletes in 528 events over 11 days of competition, starting on September 7.

They will be chasing 528 medals in the Olympic facilities currently being built for the summer games.

The British Paralympic Association announced the 31 swimmers who will compete for ParalympicsGB at Rio 2016, will include Yorkshire athletes Jonny and James Crisp, who trains in Sheffield.

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Booth, who lives in Holmfirth, is looking forward to making his Paralympic debut in Rio.

He said: “I’ve worked very hard to get my name on the team sheet and Rio is a really exciting opportunity for me.

“In our sport nothing compares to a Paralympic Games and I know it’s going to be an amazing experience, but at the end of the day it’s all about going out there to give the kind of performances I’ve been training for.

“I’ll be back in the pool again today to make sure every session counts.”

Swimmer Jonathan Booth, who will compete for ParalympicsGB at Rio 2016

Jonny, who trains with Kirklees Active Leisure’s (KAL) Swim Performance, based out of the new Huddersfield Leisure Centre, is on an Olympic training camp this week.

He is a category S9 Paralympic athlete with Charcot-Marie-Tooth, a degenerative leg condition.

He first started swimming at Holmfirth Pool before becoming a member of Holmfirth Tiger sharks (Training Academy) and being selected as a performance swimmer aged just 9.

Nowadays, as part of the Senior Performance Squad, he trains up to 10 times in the water each week, as well as completing four sessions in the gym.

“Jonny’s intense training demands focus, dedication and a great positive attitude,” said Mark Lappin, head coach at KAL.

“His selection for the team is a reflection of this hard work and that of the coaching team.

“This is the first time in KAL Swim Performance history that a swimmer has been selected for a GB Senior Level competition and Jonny is the first Olympian from KAL Swim Performance. The last Olympian from this area was Anita Lonsbrough in 1960.

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“As such, this is a new chapter for everyone connected with KAL Swim Performance and I hope Jonny’s story will inspire swimmers currently in the programme as well as those just starting their journey.”

Penny Briscoe MBE, ParalympicsGB Chef de Mission for Rio 2016, said: “I am really excited to announce the swimming team for ParalympicsGB.

“This is historically a major medal sport for the team. Recent World and European competitions suggest that we could be looking at a big medal haul once again. Their performances at the recent European Championships have demonstrated the strength in depth that we have in this team and how exceptional these athletes are.”

British Para-Swimming National Performance Director Chris Furber believes that the team is a reflection on the hard work undertaken by the programme over the last two years.

“We have an exciting and capable team selected for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games,” he said.