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News posted on Saturday 11th June, 2022

2022 World Para Swimming Championships start this weekend – here’s how to watch

NZ Para swimmers at 2022 World Championships, Madeira

The New Zealand Para swimming team at the World Para Swimming Championships

Five excited Kiwi Para swimmers are in Madeira, Portugal for the 2022 World Para Swimming Championships.

The team is led by Paralympic gold medalists Cameron Leslie and Nikita Howarth, who have over two decades of international experience between them. Gaby Smith, Joshua Willmer and Lili-Fox Mason are debutantes competing at their first World Para Swimming Championships.

How to watch the World Para Swimming Championships

The events will be broadcast live and free via the Paralympic Games YouTube channel. You can watch live or watch the recordings later.

When to watch – schedule and results

With the time difference, events will be mostly during the night in New Zealand. Competition starts from this Sunday night (12 June) and runs through to Saturday night (18 June).

Here is a link to the Madeira 2022 schedule and live results.

All times are estimated. The schedule may change.


Est. time in NZ




Women's 100m Breaststroke SB9

Mon 4.28am

Gaby Smith

1:21.05, +5.52 behind 1st place

6th; U16 National Record; PB

Men's 100m Freestyle S4

Tue 4.24am

Cameron Leslie



Women's 200m individual Medley SM10

Tue 5.36am

Gaby Smith

2:42.24, +15.04 behind 1st place

6th; PB

Women's 100m Breaststroke SB7

Wed 4.34am

Nikita Howarth

1:33.45, +1.54 behind 1st place


Women's 400m freestyle S10

Wed 6.36am

Lili-Fox Mason

5:06.62, +31.22 behind 1st place

7th; PB

Women's 400m freestyle S10

Wed 6.36am

Gaby Smith

5:01.75, +26.35 behind 1st place

5th; U16 National Record

Men's 50m Backstroke S4

Thu 5.37am

Cameron Leslie

42.54, +0.60 behind 1st place


Women's 100m Backstroke S7

Thu 6.50am

Nikita Howarth

1:29.19, +8.16 behind 1st place


Men's 50m Freestyle S4

Fri 4.43am

Cameron Leslie

36.71, +0.46 behind 1st place

Silver; Oceania Record

Women's 50m Butterfly S7

Fri 5.08am

Nikita Howarth

36.68, +2.67 behind 1st place


Women's 100m Butterfly S10

Fri 4.28am

Lili-Fox Mason

1.12.40, +4.33 behind 1st place


Men's 100m Breaststroke SB8

Sun 4.10am

Joshua Willmer

1:15.85, +4.28 behind 1st place


Men's 200m freestyle S4

Sun 5.05am

Cameron Leslie

2:59.71, +8.80 behind 1st place

Silver; Oceania Record

What events will the NZ Para athletes compete in?

Nikita Howarth

    • Coach: Mat Woofe

    • Club: Hamilton Aquatics

    • Events: – 50 Butterfly – 100 Breaststroke – 100 Backstroke

Follow Nikita on social media @nikita_howarth

Cameron Leslie

    • Coach: Tom Onley

    • Club: Whangarei Swim Club

    • Events: – 50 Freestyle – 100 Freestyle – 50 Backstroke

Follow Cameron on social media @camtron1990

Lili-Fox Mason

    • Coach: Matt Houston

    • Club: Wharenui Swim Club

    • Events: – 400 Freestyle – 100 Butterfly – 200 Individual Medley

Follow Lili-Fox on social media @lilifoxmason.swim

Joshua Willmer

    • Coach: Sheldon Kemp and Shaun Foley

    • Club: Pukekohe Swim Club

    • Events: – 100 Breaststroke

Follow Joshua on social media @joshua_willmer

Gaby Smith

    • Coach: Carl Gordon

    • Club: Wharenui Swim Club

    • Events: – 400 Freestyle – 100 Backstroke – 100 Breastroke – 200 Individual Medley

Follow Gaby on social media @gabyy.smithh

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