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Jessica Applegate

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Classification
S14, SB14, SM14

Further personal information

Residence
Great Yarmouth, ENG
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
Her mother took her swimming for the first time when she was still a baby. She began training at age 10 in Lowestoft, England.
Why this sport?
Her mother wanted her to learn to swim early so she was safe around water.
Club / Team
University of East Anglia [UEA] City of Norwich Swimming Club: England
Name of coach
Alex Pinniger [club], GBR; Rob Aubry [national]
Training Regime
She has 16 training sessions a week.

International debut

Year
2012
Competing for
Great Britain
Tournament
Paralympic Games
Location
London, ENG

General interest

Most influential person in career
Her mother. (edp24.co.uk, 30 Jun 2017)
Hero / Idol
British Para swimmer Ellie Simmonds. (telegraph.co.uk, 02 Sep 2012)
Injuries
In July 2017 she had tonsillitis and laryngitis, which meant she was unable to train ahead of that month's national championships in Sheffield, England. She still competed at the tournament, and set a world record in the S14 100m butterfly. (bbc.co.uk, 01 Aug 2017)

She underwent an operation on her throat nine weeks before the start of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. She recovered in time to compete at the Games, winning two silver medals and one bronze. (bbc.co.uk, 01 Aug 2017)

She had an operation on the big toe of her left foot one month before the start of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. She began training again two weeks later and competed at the Games. (telegraph.co.uk, 02 Sep 2012)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She competes in full makeup. "On race day I am always up very early to get it right. I have spent years finding the right brand to use in the pool." (jessicajaneapplegate.com, 21 May 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I love being in the water away from everyone - I've always struggled with mental health issues and in the pool I can be in my own little world." (edp24.co.uk, 30 Jun 2017)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2016 Female Sportsperson of the Year at the Norfolk Sports Awards in England. (greatyarmouthmercury.co.uk, 17 Nov 2016)

She was named the 2015 Female Sports Personality of the Year at the Norfolk Sports Awards. (bbc.com, 12 Nov 2015)

She was named the 2015 Para Swimming Athlete of the Year at the British Swimming Awards. (greatyarmouthmercury.co.uk, 05 Oct 2015)

She was appointed Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire [MBE] in the 2013 New Year's Honours list. (bbc.co.uk, 29 Dec 2012)
Other sports
She has competed in able-bodied swimming competitions at national level in the United Kingdom. (bbc.co.uk, 10 Jun 2015)
Milestones
She became the first British swimmer with an intellectual impairment to win a gold medal at the Paralympic Games by claiming victory in the S14 200m freestyle at the 2012 Games in London. (SportsDeskOnline, 02 Sep 2012; telegraph.co.uk, 02 Sep 2012)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (greatyarmouthmercury.co.uk, 21 Sep 2017)
Impairment
She has Asperger syndrome. "I really struggle to cope with people socially. I don't like any changes and trying to concentrate on more than one thing is so difficult but my coach is very understanding. We have a timetable for everything so I have a good routine. We make plans to keep calm and we always have a backup plan so I feel safe." (edp24.co.uk, 29 Jun 2013; insidethegames.biz, 22 Feb 2013)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
In November 2015 she was named an ambassador for the International Sports Federation for Persons with Intellectual Disability [INAS]. (paralympic.org, 18 Nov 2015)

Results

Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Backstroke S14 Final Round 2012-08-31 4
Women's 100 m Backstroke S14 Heat 2 2012-08-31 1
Women's 200 m Freestyle S14 Final Round 2012-09-02 1
Women's 200 m Freestyle S14 Heat 1 2012-09-02 1
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m Freestyle S14 Heat 1 2013-08-12 1
Women's 200 m Freestyle S14 Final 1 2013-08-12 1
Women's 100 m Backstroke S14 Heat 1 2013-08-14 4
Women's 100 m Backstroke S14 Final 1 2013-08-14 3
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM14 Heat 2 2013-08-18 2
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM14 Final 1 2013-08-18 2
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m Freestyle S14 Heat 1 2015-07-15 2
Women's 200 m Freestyle S14 Final 1 2015-07-15 2
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM14 Heat 1 2015-07-17 2
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM14 Final 1 2015-07-17 2
Women's 100 m Backstroke S14 Heat 1 2015-07-19 2
Women's 100 m Backstroke S14 Final 1 2015-07-19 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Backstroke S14 Heat 2 2016-09-08 2
Women's 100 m Backstroke S14 Final Round 2016-09-08 3
Women's 200 m Freestyle S14 Final Round 2016-09-11 2
Women's 200 m Freestyle S14 Heat 1 2016-09-11 1
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB14 Heat 1 2016-09-14 4
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM14 Heat 1 2016-09-17 1
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM14 Final Round 2016-09-17 2