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BEECROFT Emily
Sport Para swimming
NPC Australia   
GenderWomen
Age18
Place of BirthMelbourne, AUS
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S9, SB9, SM9
Further Personal Information
Residence
Traralgon, VIC, AUS
Occupation
Student
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age three in a local learn to swim class at Morwell Leisure Centre in Morwell, VIC, Australia. She started to train with the nearby Traralgon Swimming Club in 2009, and began swimming competitively in 2010.
Why this sport?
She was encouraged by a teacher at school and by one of her sisters who also swam. She also participated in netball and athletics but chose swimming as she felt it had the best pathway for people with an impairment.
Club / Team
Traralgon Swimming Club: Australia
Name of coach
Dean Gooch [club], AUS, from 2012; Leigh Nugent [national], AUS
Training Regime
She does 10 sessions a week, eight in the pool and two in the gym
General Interest
Hobbies
Reading. (paralympic.org.au, 24 Jan 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing alongside her idol, Australian Para swimmer Ellie Cole, at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (latrobevalleyexpress.com.au, 30 Jan 2017)
Hero / Idol
Australian Para swimmer Ellie Cole. (paralympic.org.au, 24 Jan 2016; latrobevalleyexpress.com.au, 30 Jan 2017)
Awards and honours
She was voted the 2016 Young Athlete of the Year at the Victorian Sport Awards in Australia. (vicsport.com.au, 30 Mar 2017)

She was named 2016 Young Citizen of the Year in Latrobe City, an area east of Melbourne, VIC, Australia. (latrobevalleyexpress.com.au, 30 Jan 2017;latrobevalleyexpress.com.au, 13 Apr 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (thelifestylemagazine.com.au, 13 Jul 2016; gippslandswimming.org.au, 02 Mar 2015)
Impairment
She was born prematurely with an underdeveloped right arm and several other conditions including chronic lung disease and a mal-rotation of the bowel. She is also deaf in her left ear. (paralympic.org.au, 24 Jan 2016; gippslander.com.au, 01 Aug 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
15 2016 200m Individual Medley SM9 2:45.91 
6 2016 100m Freestyle S9 1:05.19 
4 2016 50m Freestyle S9 29.33 
6 2016 100m Butterfly S9 1:10.56
Commonwealth Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
4 2018 100m Freestyle S9 1:03.76