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Emily Beecroft



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
S9, SB9, SM9

Further personal information

Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Athlete, Student
Higher education
Media and Communications - La Trobe University: Melbourne, VIC, AUS

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age three in Morwell, VIC, Australia. She started training with the Traralgon Swimming Club in 2009, and began swimming competitively in 2010.
Why this sport?
She was encouraged to pursue the sport by one of her teachers and her sister. She also participated in netball and athletics but chose swimming as she felt it had the best pathway for people with an impairment. "I feel like I'm most comfortable when I'm in the water. Whenever I'm at school I might have to fit in with everyone else, but when I'm in the water it's just easier to be myself."
Club / Team
Traralgon Swimming Club: Australia
Name of coach
Dean Gooch [club], AUS; Brian Ford [club]; Brendan Burkett [national], AUS

General interest

Spending time with her dog. (, 03 Aug 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing alongside her idol, Australian Para swimmer Ellie Cole, at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 30 Jan 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Dean Gooch. (, 01 Jan 2018)
Hero / Idol
Australian Para swimmer Ellie Cole. (, 30 Jan 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I haven't seen anything that I can't do. I just might do it differently." (Australia Post YouTube channel, 05 Oct 2017)
Awards and honours
She was voted the 2016 Young Athlete of the Year at the Victorian Sport Awards in Australia. (, 30 Mar 2017)

She was named the 2016 Young Citizen of the Year in Latrobe, VIC, Australia. (, 13 Apr 2017, 30 Jan 2017)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 05 Jul 2021)
She was born prematurely with an underdeveloped right arm, as well as several other conditions including chronic lung disease and a malrotation of the bowel. "I have a radial limb deficiency which means I only have one bone in my [right] arm compared to everyone else who has two bones. I also have a curvature of the arm and I only have four fingers and I'm missing a thumb. I've had like 30 operations in my life, so most of my childhood memories are in hospital." (Australia Post YouTube channel, 05 Oct 2017;, 01 Aug 2016;, 24 Jan 2016)


Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Heat 1 2016-09-11 5
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 3 2016-09-12 4
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 2016-09-12 6
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 2016-09-13 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 2016-09-13 4
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 3 2016-09-15 4
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Final Round 2016-09-15 6