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WATT Prue
Sport Para alpine skiing, Para swimming
NPC Australia   
GenderWomen
Age31
Place of BirthNewcastle, AUS
Height1.68 m
Weight 57 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S13, SB13, SM13
Further Personal Information
Residence
Sydney, NSW, AUS
Occupation
Coordinator, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Health Science - University of Newcastle: Australia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began competing at school carnivals at age 11. She was swimming at national level by age 14.
Why this sport?
Her interest in surf life saving led her to begin para-swimming. She took up para-alpine skiing because it made her feel exhilarated.
Club / Team
Cranbrook Eastern Edge [para-swimming]: Australia
Name of coach
Angelo Basalo [club, para-swimming]; Brendan Keogh [national, para-swimming]; Christian Geiger [national, para-alpine skiing]
Senior International Debut
Year
2002 [para-swimming]
Competing for
Australia
General Interest
Nicknames
Sparky, Watty (pruewatt.com, 13 Jan 2010)
Hobbies
Science. (Twitter profile, 12 Feb 2016)
Most influential person in career
Her parents and her coach. (paralympic.org.au, 13 Jan 2010)
Hero / Idol
Australian surfer Layne Beachley, Australian swimmer Susie O'Neill. (paralympic.org.au, 2012)
Awards and honours
In 2014 she received an award for her services to the Australian swim team from Swimming Australia. (swimming.org.au, 22 Dec 2014)

She was presented with the Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] in 2014. (aquaticcentre.com.au, 2014)

She was named the 2006 and 2007 Australian Swimmer of the Year with a Disability. (paralympiceducation.org.au, 13 Jan 2010)

She was named the 2004 Junior Female Athlete of the Year by the Australian Paralympic Committee [APC]. (nambuccaguardian.com.au, 2004)
Other sports
She has competed internationally in both para-swimming and para-alpine skiing. (portnews.com.au, 19 Jan 2014; pruewatt.com, 13 Jan 2010)
Impairment
She has retina damage due to complications arising from being born 16 weeks premature. She can see about two metres ahead of her and has limited peripheral vision. (dailytelegraph.com.au, 22 Mar 2015; paralympiceducation.org.au, 13 Jan 2010)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
2 2004 50m Freestyle S13 28.89
2 2004 100m Freestyle S13 1:03.30
2 2004 400m Freestyle S13 4:49.51
3 2004 100m Breaststroke SB13 1:23.07
2 2004 100m Butterfly S13 1:08.41
2 2004 200m Individual Medley SM13 2:34.93
5 2008 50m Freestyle S13 28.16
6 2008 100m Freestyle S13 1:01.59
6 2008 400m Freestyle S13 4:46.21
8 2008 100m Backstroke S13 1:16.05
4 2008 100m Butterfly S13 1:07.48
5 2008 200m Individual Medley SM13 2:32.87
3 2012 50m Freestyle S13 27.94
5 2012 100m Freestyle S13 1:02.32
5 2012 200m Individual Medley SM13 2:34.77
1 2012 100m Breaststroke SB13 1:19.19
Heats 2016 100m Butterfly S13 1:09.80
6 2016 100m Breaststroke SB13 1:18.16 
8 2016 200m Individual Medley SM13 2:39.06 
Heats 2016 50m Freestyle S13 28.95
13 2016 100m Freestyle S13 1:04.29 
World Championships - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
7 2002 50m Freestyle S13 30.71
8 2002 100m Freestyle S13 1:07.80
5 2002 100m Backstroke S13 1:20.63
3 2002 100m Breaststroke SB13 1:25.77
3 2002 100m Butterfly S13 1:13.69
4 2002 200m Individual Medley SM13 2:41.83
6 2006 100m Freestyle S13 1:03.67
5 2006 400m Freestyle S13 4:54.45
2 2006 100m Butterfly S13 1:09.87
5 2015 50m Freestyle S13 28.84
5 2015 100m Breaststroke SB13 1:20.45
8 2015 100m Freestyle S13 1:04.36
7 2015 100m Butterfly S13 1:10.60
Commonwealth Games (Overall) - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
7 2006 50m Multi Disability Freestyle 29.07
7 2006 100m Multi Disability Freestyle 1:02.95
World Championships Short Course - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
1 2009 100m Breaststroke SB13 1:20.31
3 2009 100m Butterfly S13 SC 1:06.83
2 2009 100m Freestyle S13 SC 1:02.37
1 2009 100m Individual Medley SM13 1:11.60
1 2009 200m Individual Medley SM13 2:31.69
1 2009 50m Freestyle S13 28.38