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Aine Kelly-Costello

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
S11

Further personal information

Residence
Auckland, NZL
Languages
Spanish, English
Higher education
Music - Auckland University: New Zealand

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began the sport at age 11 in Warkworth, New Zealand, but did not swim competitively until 2009.
Why this sport?
"Originally, I swam to improve fitness and for enjoyment. Then found that competitions, being in a team/club and seeing results from training was exciting and decided to take it seriously."

General interest

Hobbies
Playing the piano and flute, reading, spending time with friends, yoga. (auckland.ac.nz, 22 May 2014)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning four gold medals at the 2009 Australian Paralympic Youth Games in Melbourne, VIC, Australia. (Athlete, 04 Jan 2011)
Most influential person in career
Coach Gary Francis. (Athlete, 04 Jan 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The harder you try, the more you'll reap the rewards. No gain without pain." (Athlete, 04 Jan 2011)
Impairment
She has a rare recessive genetic disorder known as Liber's congenital amaurosis. (Athlete, 04 Jan 2011)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
She works as a quality control consultant for the Blind Foundation in Auckland, New Zealand. (Facebook profile, 23 Jun 2014)

MUSICAL TALENT
She is a talented musician with a variety of instruments, and has led the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in concert. (auckland.ac.nz, 22 May 2014)

SWIMMING RETIREMENT
Following the 2012 Paralympic Games in London she decided to retire from competitive swimming in order to focus on a career in music. (stuff.co.nz, 25 Oct 2012)

Results

Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Freestyle S11 Heat 2 2012-08-31 5
Women's 50 m Freestyle S11 Heat 3 2012-09-01 7
Women's 100 m Backstroke S11 Final Round 2012-09-02 6
Women's 100 m Backstroke S11 Heat 1 2012-09-02 3
Women's 400 m Freestyle S11 Heat 1 2012-09-07 5