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Celyn Edwards



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
S8, SB8, SM8

Further personal information


Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
His parents were into sports and encouraged him and his brother to start swimming from a young age. Six weeks after his accident, he returned to swimming lessons and began Para swimming competitively in 2013.
Why this sport?
He attended a Para swimming talent identification camp in 2013 and was inspired by New Zealand Para athletes Mary Fisher and Sophie Pascoe. "When I lost my arm I didn't let it change my perception on swimming. I just jumped in the pool, changed a couple of things, and just kept pushing through."

International debut

Competing for
New Zealand

General interest

Cycling, reading, playing computer games, skiing. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing fourth in the SM8 200m individual medley at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019;, 08 Apr 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Ben Close, his parents and his brother. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
New Zealand Para alpine skier Steve Bayley. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Personal best, nothing less." (, 01 Sep 2018)
Awards and honours
He was named 2019 Para Swimmer of the Year by Swimming Canterbury West Coast in New Zealand. (, 23 Oct 2019; Selwyn Swim Club Facebook page, 19 Oct 2019)

He was named 2018 Most Outstanding Young Para Sportsman at the Zonta Sports Awards in New Zealand. (, 26 Oct 2018)

He received the Best Overall Athlete and the Athletics Overall Male Award at the 2016 Halberg Junior Disability Games in Cambridge, New Zealand. (, 01 Sep 2018)

He shared the Best Overall Athlete award with his brother Ieuan and received the Swimming Overall Male Award at the 2015 Halberg Junior Disability Games in Cambridge, New Zealand. (, 01 Sep 2018)
Famous relatives
His brother Ieuan has also competed in Para swimming at international level. (, 2018)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 29 Jan 2019)
His arm was amputated as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident in 2006, when he was age five. (, 01 Sep 2018;, 01 May 2018; Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)