S10, SB9, SM10
Further personal information
Sport specific information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age four and started to compete in able-bodied races at age five. She switched to Para swimming in February 2018.
Why this sport?
Her mother was concerned about her safety when visiting her grandfather's lake-house. "I was probably like 4 or 5 when I began swimming and the only reason I started [swimming] is because my grandpa actually has a lake-house and my mum didn't want me to drown if I fell off the dock, so she was like, 'Okay, we're gonna go to Alligator Creek and she's gonna learn how to swim and everything is gonna be fine'. And so it kinda just started from there."
Club / Team
Clayton Shaw Park [USA] / Disabled Athlete Sport Association [USA] / Liberty High School [USA]:
Name of coach
Danielle Althage [Liberty High School]
She fits her training in around her school hours. "It's a pretty hard balancing act because I spend two hours in the pool every day, not including travel time. When I'm practising with my club team, it's about three and a half hours total. After school, I'll come home and have a really quick snack before [training] and everything [else] like homework, eating, showering, comes after swimming. It's definitely a balancing act - sleeping enough, making sure I don't fail school and then also training."
She suffered a broken back in August 2018. (lhstoday.org,15 Jan 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Even as a kid, I felt like the water was kinda where I belonged. I didn't feel different than anyone else in the water. So it's kinda like an escape, a safe space. And I don't know, there's something exciting about competition, I have grown up around competition. So it's just something to put all of my energy into." (bestofsno.com, 14 Feb 2019)
To compete at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (bestofsno.com, 14 Feb 2019)
She was diagnosed with brittle bone disease at age 10. (bestofsno.com, 14 Feb 2019; stltoday.com, 24 Jan 2019)