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SAPIRO Shireen
Sport Para swimming
NPC South Africa   
Place of BirthKrugersdorp, SAF
Height1.62 m
Weight 60 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
S10, SB9, SM10
Further Personal Information
Durban, RSA
Higher education
Journalism - University of Johannesburg: South Africa
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age nine.
Why this sport?
She swam before her accident and swimming was part of her rehabilitation after. "My first gala after my accident was a complete disaster. People I use to beat were now beating me. I was devastated but I knew that giving up on my dream was not an option. My physio at the rehabilitation centre suggested that I try competing as a disabled athlete. I was completely against it because I did not see myself as a disabled person. After many tears my mum finally convinced me to swim a race in the disabled category."
Club / Team
Seagulls Swimming Club: Pinetown, RSA
Name of coach
Graham Hill [club]; Delon Dannhauser [national]
General Interest
Fuddy (, 04 Jun 2016)
Spending time at the beach, singing. (, 13 Apr 2015;, 04 Jun 2016)
She underwent shoulder surgery in September 2013 and again in June 2014. She returned to competition in April at the 2015 National Championships in Durban, South Africa. (, 13 Apr 2015)
Awards and honours
She was South Africa's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2009 Maccabiah Games in Israel. (, 15 Sep 2012)
Other sports
Prior to her accident she was a member of the South Africa national junior able-bodied swimming team. (, 17 Jul 2009)
In 2004 her right leg was severed and her pelvic girdle was shattered into nine pieces by a speedboat propeller. She had been water skiing and fell, and another boater did not see her in the water and ran over her. (, 17 Jul 2009;, 10 Aug 2011)
Other information
She was disqualified from the S10 100m butterfly heats at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London because she showed up two minutes late to the first call room. (, 01 Sep 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
12 2008 50m Freestyle S10 31.85
13 2008 100m Freestyle S10 1:08.50
1 2008 100m Backstroke S10 1:10.57
7 2008 100m Butterfly S10 1:17.07
Heats 2012 50m Freestyle S10 30.87
Heats 2012 100m Butterfly S10  DNS
3 2012 100m Backstroke S10 1:09.02
8 2012 400m Freestyle S10 5:01.30
Heats 2012 100m Freestyle S10 1:07.42
Heats 2016 50m Freestyle S10 31.89
9 2016 100m Backstroke S10 1:13.13 
18 2016 100m Freestyle S10 1:08.90 
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
14 2006 50m Freestyle S10 33.33
15 2006 100m Freestyle S10 1:11.35
3 2006 100m Backstroke S10 1:16.54
  2006 200m Individual Medley SM10  DSQ
12 2010 100m Butterfly S10 1:16.12
10 2010 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 5:08.61
14 2010 100m Freestyle S10 1:08.41
7 2010 400m Freestyle S10 5:03.90
14 2010 50m Freestyle S10 31.81
4 2010 100m Backstroke S10 1:14.01
11 2010 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 5:48.45
Heats 2013 100m Freestyle S10 1:07.98
5 2013 100m Backstroke S10 1:11.67
Heats 2013 50m Freestyle S10 31.48
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Event Result
2 2009 100m Backstroke S10 1:08.87
2 2009 100m Butterfly S10 1:12.68