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Gina Lourens

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Classification
S8, SB7, SM8

Further personal information

Family
Her husband Greg and her children Islay and Eli.
Residence
Stellenbosch, RSA
Occupation
Personal Assistant
Languages
Afrikaans, English
Higher education
University of Cape Town: Cape Town, RSA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She started swimming in South Africa in 2004.
Why this sport?
Swimming was part of her rehabilitation.
Club / Team
University of Western Cape: Cape Town, RSA
Name of coach
Cedric Finch
Coach from which country?
South Africa
Coach from what year?
2000

International debut

Year
2008
Competing for
Ireland
Location
Sheffield

General interest

Nicknames
"G." (Athlete, 23 Jul 2010)
Hobbies
Reading, cooking, boogie boarding and open water swimming. (Athlete, 23 Jul 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2009 Seniors Nationals in Durban. (Athlete, 23 Jul 2010)
Most influential person in career
Natalie Du Toit. (Athlete, 23 Jul 2010)
Hero / Idol
Paralympic gold-medalist Natalie Du Toit.(Athlete, 23 Jul 2010)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
If you find a coin you must spit on it for good luck. Don't walk under ladders or over drains. (Athlete, 23 Jul 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Seize the day and enjoy yourself." (Athlete, 23 Jul 2010)
Famous relatives
Her brother is an ultra distance athlete. (Athlete, 23 Jul 2010)
Ambitions
To compete at the Paralympics. (Athlete, 23 Jul 2010)
Impairment
She has Guillame Barre Symdrome. (Athlete, 23 Jul 2010)
Other information
CLASS
She competes in the S8 class. (rte.ie, 23 Oct 2009)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Freestyle S8 Heat 2 3
Women's 100 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 8
Women's 400 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 8
Women's 50 m Freestyle S8 Heat 2 6
Women's 5,000 m Open Water S10 Final Round 8