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Julia Gaffney



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
S7, SB6, SM7

Further personal information

Colorado Springs, CO, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began competing in Para swimming in 2015.
Why this sport?
"My shoulders do get sore sometimes, but once I'm in the water I feel free. I can't really run or jump. Sometimes it's hard to walk. In the water I have more movement. In the water, I'm like everybody else."
Training Regime
She trains at the United States Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO, United States of America.

General interest

Reading, fishing, playing basketball. (, 01 May 2020)
Hero / Idol
US Para swimmer Jessica Long. "She inspires me a lot. She has given me various tips to improve my swimming." (, 01 Mar 2016;, 01 Sep 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If I can do it, anyone else can do it." (, 13 Jun 2016)
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 20 Sep 2018)
As a baby she had her right leg amputated above the knee and her left leg amputated below the knee. (, 07 Aug 2018;, 13 Jun 2016)
Other information
Her preferred event is the 200m individual medley. "I love doing all four of the strokes and sprinting all four of them. It's a lot of fun. The freestyle is the key for me. I'm able to have that extra gear and finish those races." (, 01 May 2020)


Unit Date Rank
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Freestyle S8 Final 1 2017-12-03 3
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Final 1 2017-12-03 2
Women's 100 m Backstroke S8 Final 1 2017-12-05 2
Women's 400 m Freestyle S8 Final 1 2017-12-06 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S8 Final 1 2017-12-07 2
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Final 1 2017-12-07 2