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Amber Thomas

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S11, SB11, SM11

Further personal information

Occupation
Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Marketing - Athabasca University: Canada

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age four.
Why this sport?
She joined a summer swimming team seven months after she had surgery to remove her brain tumour. She discovered it was easier for her to move around in the pool as she became accustomed to her vision impairment.

General interest

Sporting philosophy / motto
"You can do anything you set your mind to. Choose something you like and are good at." (reddeerexpress.com, 26 Jun 2013)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2012 Alberta Top Female Junior Athlete by the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation in Canada. (reddeerexpress.com, 26 Jun 2013)

She was named Female Para Swimmer of the Year by Swim Alberta in five consecutive years between 2008 and 2012. (swimalberta.ca, 2018)
Impairment
At age 10 doctors discovered she had a benign tumour on her brain that was about the size of a plum. She underwent surgery to remove it, but the optic nerve in her eye had already been damaged. (reddeerexpress.com, 26 Jun 2013)
Other information
CHANNEL SWIM
In 2014 she was a member of the first Para swimming team to cross the English Channel. The six-person squad from the Honu Para Swim Team in Vancouver, BC, Canada, completed the crossing in 14 hours and 46 minutes. "It was a lot different from pool swimming. Not having any guides, no ropes, was different. It was freeing. I always wanted to do something open water." (draytonvalleywesternreview.com, 22 Jul 2014)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Freestyle S11 Heat 1 6
Women's 100 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 7
Women's 100 m Freestyle S11 Heat 1 3
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 8
Women's 50 m Freestyle S11 Heat 2 4
Women's 400 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 2
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM11 Final Round 5
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM11 Heat 1 2
Women's 100 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 5
Women's 100 m Freestyle S11 Heat 1 3
Women's 100 m Butterfly S11 Final Round 2
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Heat 2 5
Women's 100 m Backstroke S11 Final Round 7
Women's 100 m Backstroke S11 Heat 1 3
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Freestyle S11 Heat 3 2012-08-31 1
Women's 100 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 2012-08-31 4
Women's 50 m Freestyle S11 Heat 3 2012-09-01 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 2012-09-01 6
Women's 100 m Backstroke S11 Heat 1 2012-09-02 4
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Final Round 2012-09-03 5
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Heat 2 2012-09-03 3
Women's 400 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 2012-09-07 2
Women's 400 m Freestyle S11 Heat 2 2012-09-07 2
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM11 Final Round 2012-09-08 3
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM11 Heat 1 2012-09-08 1