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Annika Geller

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S8, SB7, SM8

Further personal information

Residence
Aachen, GER
Occupation
Student
Languages
German, Spanish, English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began in 2002 in Aachen at age nine.
Why this sport?
"At the age of eight I had major problems with my joints because I couldn't do any sports that other abled kids were doing like cycling or running. So my father, who is a sports physician, suggested to try swimming, which I loved right away."
Club / Team
BSG Aachen: Aachen, GER
Name of coach
Jürgen Verhölsdonk
Coach from which country?
Germany
Coach from what year?
2009

International debut

Year
2007
Competing for
Germany
Location
Esbjerg

General interest

Hobbies
Swimming, reading, traveling.
(Athlete, 26 Jun 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement
"A bronze medal at the Europeans in Iceland 2009 [100 Breaststroke]."
(Athlete, 26 Jun 2010)
Most influential person in career
"My family. They support me a lot. If there are times I feel like giving up my brother will build me up again and if I am lazy my mum and dad push me."
(Athlete, 26 Jun 2010)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"I carry a little stone heart with me wherever I go which I received from my best friend. Then I feel like she is with me which calms me down when I am too nervous."
(Athlete, 26 Jun 2010)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Heat 2 4
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Final Round 7
Women's 100 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 5
Women's 100 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 7
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Heat 1 6
Women's 400 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 4