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Annabelle Williams

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Classification
S9, SB9, SM9

Further personal information

Residence
Sydney, NSW, AUS
Occupation
Legal Professional
Languages
English
Higher education
Law, International Relations - Bond University: Gold Coast, QLD, AUS

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up competitive swimming after being forced out of athletics due to injury in 2002.
Why this sport?
She has always enjoyed swimming. She used to live in Indonesia, where she would swim to cool off.
Club / Team
Cranbrook Eastern Edge Swim Club: Sydney, NSW, AUS
Name of coach
Yuriy Vdovychenko [national]

International debut

Year
2006
Competing for
Australia

General interest

Nicknames
Annie (paralympiceducation.org.au, 13 Jan 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal and sharing the podium with teammate Ellie Cole in the S9 100m butterfly at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (paralympic.org.au, 13 Jan 2010)
Most influential person in career
Her parents and her former school teacher, Julia Dangar. (qasport.qld.gov.au, 13 Jan 2010)
Hero / Idol
Australian runners Cathy Freeman and John Landy. (QAS, 10 Nov 2009)
Injuries
Prior to taking up swimming she suffered a series of stress fractures as a result of competing in athletics. (paralympic.org.au, 13 Jan 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Victory is what happens when 10,000 hours of hard work meet one moment of opportunity." (paralympic.org.au, 13 Jan 2010)
Awards and honours
She received a Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] in 2014. (dailytelegraph.com.au, 26 Jan 2014)

She co-captained the Australian swim team at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (foxsports.com.au, 24 Aug 2008)

She was named Bond University Sportsperson of the Year of 2007 and was a finalist for the Australian Universities Sportsperson of the Year of 2007. (paralympic.org.au, 13 Jan 2010)
Other sports
She used to compete in athletics but had to give up the sport because of repeated stress fractures. (paralympicchallenge.gov.au, 25 Apr 2012)
Impairment
She is missing the lower part of her left arm as the result of a congenital limb deficiency. (paralympic.org.au, 13 Jan 2010)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 1
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 4
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 3 4
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 7
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 3 2
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Final Round 3
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 5
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 7
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 2 3
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 4
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Heat 1 2
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Swim-Off 2
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 4
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Final Round 7
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 2 3
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 2012-09-05 6
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 2012-09-05 4
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 2012-09-07 7
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2012-09-07 3
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 2012-09-07 1