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MEYERS Rebecca
Sport Para swimming
NPC United States   
GenderWomen
Age24
Place of BirthBaltimore, MD, USA
Height1.60 m
Weight 54 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S13, SB13, SM13
Further Personal Information
Marital status
* unknown *
Residence
Baltimore, MD, USA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
History - Franklin and Marshall College: Lancaster, PA, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming in 2000 at age six in Baltimore, MD, United States of America.
Why this sport?
"It was a sport that did not require physical contact with a ball. I feel free in the water."
Club / Team
North Baltimore Aquatic Club [NBAC]: United States
Name of coach
Paul Yetter [club], USA
Senior International Debut
Year
2012
Competing for
United States
Tournament
Paralympic Games
Location
London, ENG
General Interest
Nicknames
Bec, Becca (baltimoresun.com, 16 Jul 2012; swimswam.com, 19 Apr 2015; Athlete, 07 Jan 2016)
Hobbies
Reading, travelling, listening to music, spending time with friends. (Athlete, 07 Jan 2016; teamusa.org, 23 Aug 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning her first medal at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, a bronze in the 100m freestyle. (Athlete, 06 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
US swimmers Michael Phelps and Katie Hoff. (Athlete, 06 Dec 2017)
Injuries
In December 2012 she sustained a concussion after crashing head-on into another swimmer during training. She returned to training in February 2013. (teamusa.org, 22 May 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Winners never quit, quitters never win." (Athlete, 06 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
She received the ESPY award for Best Female with an Impairment in 2015 and 2017 from US television network ESPN. (teamusa.org, 16 Jul 2015; paralympic.org, 14 Jul 2017)

She won the 2016 USA Swimming Trischa L Zorn award, presented for the outstanding performance of the year by a Para swimmer, following her performances at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 24 Sep 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, and to continue being a role model to younger children. (paralympic.org, 31 Oct 2016; paralympic.org, 07 Mar 2017)
Impairment
She has Usher syndrome, and has also been deaf since she was born. Since she was young she has used a cochlear implant, an electronic device that allows her to hear. (baltimoresun.com, 16 Jul 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
5 2012 50m Freestyle S13 29.21
3 2012 100m Freestyle S13 1:01.90
2 2012 200m Individual Medley SM13 2:30.13
Heats 2012 100m Breaststroke SB13 1:25.97
1 2016 100m Butterfly S13 1:03.25
1 2016 200m Individual Medley SM13 2:24.66 
1 2016 400m Freestyle S13 4:19.59 
6 2016 50m Freestyle S13 28.58
2 2016 100m Freestyle S13 59.77 
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2013 200m Individual Medley SM13 2:30.04
2 2013 100m Butterfly S13 1:07.62
4 2013 50m Freestyle S13 29.24
1 2013 400m Freestyle S13 4:35.98
2 2013 100m Freestyle S13 1:02.91
4 2015 50m Freestyle S13 28.62
1 2015 200m Individual Medley SM13 2:24.60
1 2015 400m Freestyle S13 4:21.66
4 2015 100m Breaststroke SB13 1:20.22
4 2015 100m Freestyle S13 1:00.42
2 2015 100m Butterfly S13 1:05.03
2 2017 100m Freestyle S13 1:01.86
2 2017 100m Butterfly S13 1:06.42
6 2017 50m Freestyle S13 29.39
1 2017 400m Freestyle S13 4:32.65
3 2017 100m Breaststroke SB13 1:26.43