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Joseph McCarthy

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S4

Further personal information

Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He joined his high school swimming team following his accident in 1996. He initially competed against able-bodied students, until a year later when he began competing in para-swimming competitions.
Why this sport?
“I went back to swimming because that’s what I’d done most of my life, and I wanted to get back to my life. I always came in last [when competing against able-bodied students], but I just wanted to be part of the team."

International debut

Year
2000
Competing for
United States

General interest

Impairment
He broke his neck at the age of 16 in a surfing accident. He came off his surfboard in shallow water, crashing head first into a sandbar. He spent a week in hospital, two months in rehabilitation and half a year undergoing physical therapy. (US Paralympics, 04 Mar 2010; teamusa.org, 01 Sep 2008)
Other information
COMMUNITY WORK
He helped raise money to build a state of the art aquatics centre in California for people who have experienced traumatic injuries or debilitating illness. (US Paralympics, 04 Mar 2010)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games (Sydney, Australia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Heat 3 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 5
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Heat 2 3
Men's 50 m Backstroke S4 Heat 2 4
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20 pts Final Round 5
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20 pts Heat 2 9999
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Heat 1 4
Men's 50 m Backstroke S4 Heat 1 4
Men's 50 m Butterfly S4 Heat 1 9999
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20 pts Heat 2 5
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20 pts Heat 1 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 7
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Heat 2 4
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Heat 2 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 5
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Heat 2 5
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 7
Men's 50 m Backstroke S4 Heat 2 6
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20 pts Heat 1 1
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20 pts Final Round 4
IPC Swimming World Championships Mar del Plata 2002 (Mar del Plata, Argentina)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20 pts Final Round 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Heats 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 5
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Heats 7
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 7
Men's 50 m Backstroke S4 Heats 4
Men's 50 m Backstroke S4 Final Round 4