Swimmers from all over the UK with learning disabilities have been competing in the National Partnership Swimming Championships in Swansea.

The annual event - now in its eleventh year - is hosted by Special Olympics GB and charity Mencap, and attracts some of the country's most promising athletes.

Around 160 swimmers competed in a full programme of races over two days, including 25m backstroke and 800m freestyle.

They were joined at the Wales National Pool by elite swimmer Jack Thomas from Swansea.

The 21-year-old trained and competed there, before going on to win medals at the Commonwealth Games and the IPC Swimming European Championships.

He told ITV News he found the young athletes "an inspiration".

It's absolutely great to come back to where I started and inspire people. And it inspires me also, so it works both ways really.

Jack Thomas, Swansea performance swimmer

Kit Heywood is a member of the Teesdale Special Olympics swimming club in County Durham.

The 28-year-old, who scooped a gold medal, told ITV News the support from the crowd in Swansea was "amazing".

Teesdale swimmer Kit Heywood said the young athletes appreciated the support from the crowd. Credit: ITV News

It felt amazing. It's been a fantastic day for us, and a load of medals won for the whole of our team.

Kit Heywood, Teesdale Special Olympics Swimming

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