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Christelle Kriel



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
S14, SB14, SM14

Further personal information

Nelspruit, RSA
Afrikaans, English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age 10.
Why this sport?
She enjoyed the sense of freedom that she got from swimming.
Club / Team
Nelspruit Swimming Academy: South Africa
Name of coach
Gideon du Troit, from 2015

International debut

Competing for
South Africa

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2017 World Championships in Mexico City, Mexico, and winning silver at the 2015 Global Games in Quito, Ecuador. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Gideon du Toit. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
South African swimmer Karin Prinsloo. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Go for your dreams." (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2017 Para Sportswoman of the Year in Mpumalanga, South Africa. (, 03 Mar 2017)


Unit Date Rank
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM14 Heat 1 2017-12-04 9
Women's 200 m Freestyle S14 Final 1 2017-12-05 8
Women's 100 m Backstroke S14 Final 1 2017-12-06 6
Women's 100 m Butterfly S14 Heat 2 2017-12-07 8
Women's 100 m Butterfly S14 Final 1 2017-12-07 8