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Breanna Sprenger

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency, Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S1, SB1, SM1

Further personal information

Residence
Cleveland, OH, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming in 2012 at age 10.
Why this sport?
Swimming was originally recommended to her by her physical therapist as a way to strengthen her body but she later decided to compete in the sport.
Club / Team
Ridgewood YMCA Dolphins Swim Team : Cleveland, OH, USA
Name of coach
Kim Audibert [club]
Training Regime
She trains up to four times a week.

International debut

Year
2013
Competing for
United States
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Montreal, QC, CAN

General interest

Nicknames
Breezy (Athlete, 07 Jan 2016)
Hobbies
Listening to music, spending time with friends, playing boccia. (Athlete, 07 Jan 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Breaking the Pan American record in the 100m backstroke at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (Athlete, 07 Jan 2016)
Most influential person in career
US Para swimmer Kayla Wheeler. (Athlete, 07 Jan 2016)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Missy Franklin. (Athlete, 07 Jan 2016)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She likes to put her hair in braids before a competition. (Athlete, 07 Jan 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Just get on with it." (Athlete, 07 Jan 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 07 Jan 2016)
Impairment
She was born without legs or a right arm, and her left hand has three fingers. At birth she was also found to have other complications including a hole in her heart and brain, as well as a herniated diaphragm. This has led to her requiring at least 18 surgical procedures during her life. She also has spina bifida, a condition in which the spine does not develop properly. (Athlete, 07 Jan 2016; northcoastnow.com, 30 Jan 2012)
Other information
RECOGNITION
In 2017 she was given a courage award by the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital in Ohio, United States of America. "It's an honour when people call me an inspiration, but I'm just being me. I'm a normal teenager, I just have some pieces and parts missing." (fox8.com, 05 May 2017; newsroom.clevelandclinic.org, 26 Apr 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Backstroke S2 Final 1 2013-08-14 6