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Fran Williamson

Swimming
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Classification
S3

Further personal information

Residence
Cambridge, ENG
Occupation
Public Speaker
Higher education
Leeds University: Leeds, ENG

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began competitive swimming at secondary school in England, after having been terrified of the water for most of primary school.
Why this sport?
After her first experience of competition she did not want to stop.
Club / Team
Colchester Phoenix: Colchester, ENG
Name of coach
Ed Williams
Coach from which country?
Great Britain
Coach from what year?
2001

International debut

Year
2001
Competing for
Great Britain
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Stockholm

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Swimming through the pain of a shoulder injury to take the silver medal in the 50m backstroke at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (fran-williamson.co.uk, 04 Feb 2010)
Most influential person in career
Her mother. (britishswimming.org, 04 Feb 2010)
Injuries
She has suffered from a nagging right shoulder injury for much of her career. The injury hampered her greatly in the lead-up to the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing and forced her to miss most of the 2009 season. (fran-williamson.co.uk, 04 Feb 2010)

In 2005 she had surgery to repair tendon damage in her ankle, which ruled her out of competition for nine months. (fran-williamson.co.uk, 04 Feb 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Work hard and you can get whatever you want." (britishswimming.org, 04 Feb 2010)
Impairment
She has athetoid cerebral palsy, which affects her movement, motor skills and speech. (fran-williamson.co.uk, 04 Feb 2010)
Other information
AFRICAN STINT
She moved to Malawi with her family in 1988 and lived there for five years before returning to England. (fran-williamson.co.uk, 04 Feb 2010)

EDUCATION
She studied for a masters degree in disability studies at Leeds University. (NPC Media Guide 2010)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Freestyle S3 Heat 2 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S3 Final Round 2
Women's 100 m Freestyle S3 Heat 2 2
Women's 100 m Freestyle S3 Final Round 3
Women's 50 m Backstroke S3 Final Round 2
Women's 4x50 m Freestyle 20 pts Final Round 2
IPC Swimming World Championships Durban 2006 (Durban, South Africa)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Freestyle S3 Final Round 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S3 Heats 3
Women's 100 m Freestyle S3 Heats 1
Women's 50 m Backstroke S3 Final Round 1
Women's 50 m Backstroke S3 Heats 1
Women's 4x50 m Medley 20 pts Final Round 1
Women's 200 m Freestyle S3 Final Round 2
Women's 100 m Freestyle S3 Final Round 4
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Freestyle S3 Heat 2 3
Women's 50 m Freestyle S3 Final Round 3
Women's 50 m Backstroke S3 Heat 2 2
Women's 50 m Backstroke S3 Final Round 2
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 4x50 m Medley 20pts Heat 2 3
Women's 4x50 m Medley 20pts Final Round 3
Women's 50 m Backstroke S3 Heat 2 2
Women's 50 m Backstroke S3 Final Round 1
Women's 50 m Freestyle S3 Heat 2 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S3 Final Round 2