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Jasmine Greenwood

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S10, SB9, SM10

Further personal information

Residence
Sussex Inlet, NSW, AUS
Occupation
Student
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She tried a number of sports as a child, including swimming, cross-country running and dancing. In 2014 she decided to apply for classification to take part in Para swimming after joining the Bay & Basin Amateur Swim Club in Shoalhaven, NSW, Australia.
Why this sport?
She decided to focus on swimming over other sports because it was low-impact, as she had experienced pain in her left knee. Swimming was also recommended by her doctor as a form of therapy, and by Bob McEvoy, who became her coach. "Then I started really liking it. I also liked the competition."
Club / Team
Bay & Basin Amateur Swim Club: Shoalhaven, NSW, AUS

General interest

Nicknames
Jas (swimming.org.au, 01 Aug 2018)
Hobbies
Reading, cycling, kayaking, camping. (gc2018.com, 28 Feb 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Representing Australia for the first time at the 2017 Canadian Open in Toronto, ON, Canada. (paralympic.org.au, 01 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her mother Chelsea. (paralympic.org.au, 01 Sep 2019; gc2018.com, 28 Feb 2018)
Hero / Idol
Australian Para swimmer Ellie Cole. (gc2018.com, 28 Feb 2018)
Injuries
In 2018 she was involved in a scooter accident, which resulted in abrasions to her face and shoulder. She was unable to swim for two weeks, but returned to the pool just in time for the trials ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. (southcoastregister.com.au, 08 Feb 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I like being competitive, being good at something, like particularly good." (southcoastregister.com.au, 08 Feb 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2019 she received the Junior Sports Person Award from the Shoalhaven City Council's Hall of Sporting Fame in Australia. (southcoastregister.com.au, 25 Jan 2019)

In 2016 she received the Gregson Shield for Most Outstanding Para Swimmer at the New South Wales [NSW] Primary Schools State Championships in Australia. (southcoastregister.com.au, 18 Apr 2016)

She received the School Sports Australia Sportsmanship award at age 10, after winning eight medals at her first national schools championships. (southcoastregister.com.au, 21 Jul 2015)
Milestones
At age 13 she was the youngest athlete from any sport to represent Australia at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (paralympic.org, 14 Feb 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (southcoastregister.com.au, 30 Nov 2020)
Impairment
Her impairment is the result of two strokes caused by acute appendicitis and septic shock in 2011, and primarily affects the left side of her body. (paralympic.org.au, 01 Sep 2019; southcoastregister.com.au, 21 Jul 2015)
Other information
BUSHFIRE IMPACT
Her family were severely affected by the Australian bushfires in early 2020, losing much of their property. "This year [2020] has been incredibly tough on me and my family. At the start of this year, we lost about 90 per cent of our property to the bushfires. I stayed at home to help defend with my family before heading to the Australian Institute of Sport for some much-needed training." (southcoastregister.com.au, 07 May 2020)

COVID-19 IMPACT
After the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo were postponed she said she believed the additional year would help her preparations for the Games. "Even though I was set on hopefully competing at this year's Games [in 2020], I think an extra year of training and developing, as I'll be 16 then, will definitely be a benefit and improve my chances. This time has also made me mentally stronger, as it's been difficult to stay motivated at times." (southcoastregister.com.au, 07 May 2020)