WILTSHIRE swimmer Stephanie Millward will not go for gold at the IPC World Championships in Mexico City next month after British Swimming made the decision not to attend the rescheduled event.

The Corsham competitor, who won four medals including two golds at last year’s Paralympic Games in Rio, was due to take part in the world championships last week before the International Paralympic Committee postponed the event after the massive earthquake that hit the Mexican capital in the middle of last month.

The championships have been rescheduled for November 27-December 7 in the same city but British Swimming confirmed today that they would not be sending a team.

A British Swimming statement today said: "The sport took time to consider all factors before making the decision and as part of the decision making process had to consider the impact of the late World Championships on the 2017-18 season.''

British Swimming Chief Executive Jack Buckner added: “A World Championships is the biggest meet for the sport outside of Paralympics and we are disappointed to have to make a decision about our attendance.

“We understand that this decision is difficult for the athletes who worked hard to be at their best for the World Championships but the safety and wellbeing of athletes and staff has to be our priority.

"There are a number of concerns the sport has including the impact on education for the number of athletes we have in full time education and the timeline to be able to be the best prepared for this competition.

“We wish all our athletes and staff all the best with their winter training schedules and preparations for next year.

“For the people of Mexico who have experienced the tragic events of the earthquake, we send our continued sympathies.”

Millward, 36, who won four titles at the IPC event in Montreal in 2013, is expected to get back into some competitive action towards the end of the year.

She hopes to contest the Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast next April before the IPC European Championships take place in Dublin in August.