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Gina Boettcher

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S4, SB3, SM4

Further personal information

Residence
Potsdam, GER
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, German
Higher education
Sports Science - University of Applied Sciences for Sport and Management [FHSMP]: Potsdam, GER

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She learned to swim at age 12 and joined her first club in 2014 in Potsdam, Germany.
Why this sport?
"It was a replacement for my sport in school, but then I grew to love it and wanted to do it more often. It's a good distraction for me. Swimming has just become an incredible enrichment for me. When I swim I only think about the training and the stress around it is forgotten. In the water I feel free, like I don't have any limitations and that's what counts for me."
Club / Team
SC Potsdam: Germany
Name of coach
Maik Zeh [club, national]; Ute Schinkitz [national], GER; Natalie Alena [personal]

General interest

Hobbies
Listening to music, spending time with friends. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (sportlerinside.de, 12 Oct 2021; Instagram profile, 31 Dec 2021)
Most influential person in career
Her parents. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
German footballer Julian Brandt. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
In October 2021 she received the honour of signing the 'Golden Book' of Potsdam, Germany, in recognition of her performance at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (potsdam.de, 29 Oct 2021)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2024 and 2028 Paralympic Games. (sportlerinside.de, 12 Oct 2021)
Impairment
She was born with underdeveloped upper and lower limbs due to dysmelia. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019; abteilung-schwimmen.de, 01 Jan 2017)
Other information
FEAR OF WATER
She was scared of water when she learned to swim at age 12, which initially discouraged her from joining a club and pursuing the sport further. "Learning to swim went well immediately and I had a lot of fun with it. However, I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue because I was actually totally afraid of the water. At some point I got over it." (dbs-npc.de, 26 May 2020)