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Bethany Woodward



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy

Further personal information

Ashby, ENG
Athlete, Motivational Speaker

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up athletics in 2005 at age 12 in St Albans, England.
Why this sport?
She joined a charity called 'CP Sports', which encourages children with cerebral palsy to take part in athletics. She was then spotted by a national coach and subsequently fast-tracked into St Albans Athletics Club in England.
Club / Team
Southampton Athletic Club: England
Name of coach
Paula Dunn [national], GBR; Lee Doran [personal], GBR

International debut

Competing for
Great Britain
International Tournament
Bedford, ENG

General interest

Acting, going to the theatre. (LinkedIn profile, 15 May 2015)
Hero / Idol
British para-sprinter James Ball, British para-swimmer Ellie Simmonds. (Athlete, 07 Dec 2010;, 31 Dec 2009)
An ongoing injury prevented her from competing at the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. (Twitter profile, 17 Sep 2015)

She has previously suffered stress fractures in her foot. (Athlete, 07 Dec 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Now is the time to run." (, 28 Jul 2014)
Awards and honours
In 2015 she received an Honorary Senior Fellowship from Regent's University London in England. (, 10 Jul 2015)

She was named the Sportswoman of the Year at the 2013 North West Leicestershire Sports Awards in England. (, 20 Dec 2013)
She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at age one. It resulted in hemiplegia [paralysis] on her right side. (LinkedIn profile, 15 May 2015;, 01 Mar 2013)
Other information
She is a patron of Breathe Magic, a project run by the charity Breathe Arts Health Research in England. They teach magic tricks to young people with cerebral palsy, using the repetitive learning process to improve strength and dexterity, and subsequently confidence and self-esteem. (, 14 May 2015;, 2015)


Unit Date Rank
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T37 Heat 3 2011-01-22 3
Women's 4x100 m T35-38 Final 2011-01-24 3
Women's 400 m T37 Heat 2 2011-01-28 1
Women's 400 m T37 Final 2011-01-29 1
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 4x100 m T35-38 Final Round 2012-09-04 3
Women's 200 m T37 Heat 2 2012-09-05 2
Women's 200 m T37 Final Round 2012-09-05 2
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T37 Semifinal 1 2013-07-21 3
Women's 200 m T37 Final 1 2013-07-22 2
Women's 100 m T37 Semifinal 1 2013-07-23 7
Women's 100 m T37 Final 1 2013-07-24 4