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BEECROFT Emily
Sport Para swimming
NPC Australia   
GenderWomen
Age19
Place of BirthMelbourne, AUS
Height1.70 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S9, SB9, SM9
Further Personal Information
Residence
Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Occupation
Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Media and Communications - La Trobe University: Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age three in Morwell, VIC, Australia. She started training with the Traralgon Swimming Club in 2009, and began swimming competitively in 2010.
Why this sport?
She was encouraged to pursue the sport by one of her teachers and her sister. She also participated in netball and athletics but chose swimming as she felt it had the best pathway for people with an impairment. "I feel like I'm most comfortable when I'm in the water. Whenever I'm at school I might have to fit in with everyone else, but when I'm in the water it's just easier to be myself."
Club / Team
Traralgon Swimming Club: Australia
Name of coach
Dean Gooch [club], AUS; Brendan Burkett [national], AUS
Training Regime
She has 10 training 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)
Most influential person in career
Coach Dean Gooch. (gc2018.com, 01 Jan 2018)
Hero / Idol
Australian Para swimmer Ellie Cole. (latrobevalleyexpress.com.au, 30 Jan 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I haven't seen anything that I can't do. I just might do it differently." (Australia Post YouTube channel, 05 Oct 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 the 2016 Young Citizen of the Year in Latrobe, VIC, Australia. (latrobevalleyexpress.com.au, 13 Apr 2017, 30 Jan 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, as well as several other conditions including chronic lung disease and a malrotation of the bowel. "I have a radial limb deficiency which means I only have one bone in my [right] arm compared to everyone else who has two bones. I also have a curvature of the arm and I only have four fingers and I'm missing a thumb. I've had like 30 operations in my life, so most of my childhood memories are in hospital." (Australia Post YouTube channel, 05 Oct 2017; gippslander.com.au, 01 Aug 2016; paralympic.org.au, 24 Jan 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