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Elizabeth Johnson

Swimming
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Classification
S6, SB6, SM6

Further personal information

Residence
England
Languages
English
Higher education
Business Management - Swansea University: Wales

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She learned to swim at age three in the south of Wales.
Why this sport?
Her mother originally took her swimming as part of her physiotherapy.

International debut

Year
2000
Competing for
Great Britain
Location
Ukraine

General interest

Nicknames
Liz, The Lizard (paralympics.org.uk, 23 Jan 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the SB6 100m at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (swimming.org, 2013)
Most influential person in career
Her mother. (swimming.org, 2013)
Hero / Idol
US track athlete Michael Johnson, English footballer David Beckham, and her mother. (British Swimming Media Guide, 10 Jul 2011)
Injuries
A shoulder injury hampered her training leading up to the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (timesonline.co.uk, 13 Sep 2008)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Follow your dreams and don't give up. Use your disappointments to fuel your ambition." (britishswimming.org, 23 Jan 2010)
Awards and honours
In January 2015 she received an honorary fellowship from Swansea University in Wales. (bbc.co.uk, 26 Jan 2015)

She received the Princess Diana Achievement Award in 2000. (paralympics.org.uk, 23 Jan 2010)
Other information
RETIREMENT
She announced her retirement from competitive para-swimming in 2016. "In December, I underwent surgery for a hernia repair and unfortunately I ended up being out of training for longer than I had envisaged which resulted in me missing a large portion of the crucial winter workload. Since recovering, my team and I have been trying to play catch up but we know my body and we know where I need to be and unfortunately the trials have simply come too soon. Whilst this presents a big change in my life and the direction that this year will take for me, I can't be sad. I've been extremely privileged to be able to do something that I love and compete at the highest level for almost 20 years." (paralympic.org, 21 Apr 2016)

BREAK
She did not compete throughout 2013, having chosen to focus on her charity projects. (walesonline.co.uk, 22 Jul 2014)

EMOTIONAL VICTORY
She dedicated her victory at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing to her mother Bonnie, who had lost her battle with cancer 11 days earlier. "I'd always got so worked up about messing up in races, but this time the outcome didn't really matter. It couldn't make anything feel worse. As it turns out, I won gold for Britain and for Mum. It was bittersweet. She'd never see this, never hold my medal or, more importantly, hold me again. But I know she'd have been so happy for me." (dailymail.co.uk, 28 Aug 2012)

CHARITY WORK
She took part in the 2014 London Triathlon in England as part of Team Panathlon, whose other two members were British Paralympic cyclist Jody Cundy and British Paralympic 800m runner Danny Crates. The money they raised went towards the Panathlon fund which helps children with impairments get involved in sports. In 2013 she was involved in a sponsored swim at the University of Bath in England to raise money for DreamFlight, a charity that sends seriously ill children on dream holidays. (panathlon.com, 26 Sep 2014; thisisbath.co.uk, 28 Mar 2013)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Mar del Plata 2002 (Mar del Plata, Argentina)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Heats 5
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Final Round 5
Women's 50 m Butterfly S7 Heats 6
Women's 50 m Butterfly S7 Final Round 6
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Final Round 9999
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Freestyle S6 Heat 2 5
Women's 50 m Freestyle S6 Final Round 8
Women's 50 m Butterfly S6 Heat 1 5
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Heat 2 1
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Final Round 1
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Heat 1 2
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Final Round 3
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM6 Heat 1 2
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM6 Final Round 6
Women's 50 m Freestyle S6 Heat 2 7
IPC Swimming World Championships Durban 2006 (Durban, South Africa)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Freestyle S6 Final Round 8
Women's 50 m Freestyle S6 Heats 7
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Final Round 1
Women's 50 m Butterfly S6 Final Round 7
Women's 50 m Butterfly S6 Heats 6
Women's 4x50 m Medley 20 pts Final Round 1
Women's 4x50 m Freestyle 20 pts Final Round 1
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM6 Final Round 4
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM6 Heats 4
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM6 Final Round 2012-09-03 6
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM6 Heat 2 2012-09-03 4
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Final Round 2012-09-05 3
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Heat 1 2012-09-05 1