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SUMMERS-NEWTON Maisie
Sport Para swimming
NPC Great Britain   
GenderWomen
Age16
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S6, SB6, SM6
Further Personal Information
Residence
Northampton, ENG
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport?
She was inspired to try the sport after watching British swimmer Ellie Simmonds at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
Club / Team
Northampton Swimming Club: England
Name of coach
Jacquie Marshall [club]; Rob Aubry [national]
Training Regime
She trains eight times a week.
Senior International Debut
Year
2017
Competing for
Great Britain
Location
Berlin, GER
General Interest
Hobbies
Dancing, amateur theatre, listening to music, spending time with friends. (sportsaid.org.uk, 01 Dec 2014)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the SB6 100m breaststroke at the 2018 European Championships in Dublin, Ireland. (paralympic.org, 20 Sep 2018)
Hero / Idol
British Para swimmer Ellie Simmonds. (sportsaid.org.uk, 01 Dec 2014)
Injuries
An injury during the 2015/16 season meant she was unable to compete for a qualifying berth ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games. (northamptonshirecommunityfoundation.wordpress.com, 24 Nov 2017)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2017 Disabled Sports Person of the Year at the Northamptonshire Sports Awards in England. (northamptonshirecommunityfoundation.wordpress.com, 24 Nov 2017; northamptonshiresport.org, 11 Nov 2017)

In 2017 she was named Emerging Athlete of the Year by British Swimming. (BritishSwimming YouTube channel, 04 Nov 2017)

In 2015 she was named Para Swimming Athlete of the Year by the Amateur Swimming Association [ASA]. (ASA YouTube channel, 16 Nov 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (swimming.org, 31 Jul 2017)
Impairment
She was born with achondroplasia. (sportsaid.org.uk, 01 Dec 2014)
Other information
BEATING HER IDOL
At age 10 she was inspired by watching fellow British swimmer Ellie Simmonds compete at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. She raced against Simmonds in the SB6 100m breaststroke at the 2018 European Championships in Dublin, Ireland, where she set a world record to claim gold and leave Simmonds in second place. "I love racing against Ellie. She's such a great swimmer and I'm so proud of what she's achieved." (paralympic.org, 20 Sep 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2018 50m Freestyle S6 34.70
1 2018 100m Breaststroke SB6 1:33.63
3 2018 400m Freestyle S6 5:26.97
1 2018 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:53.62