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Kayla Wheeler

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S2, SB1, SM2

Further personal information

Residence
Lynnwood, WA, USA
Occupation
Student
Languages
English
Higher education
University of Washington: Seattle, WA, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She first tried swimming at age eight months. She began competing at age 11 in Seattle, WA, United States.
Why this sport?
She began swimming in hydrotherapy sessions when she was a baby and continued the sport as she got older.
Club / Team
Shadow Seals Swimming: Seattle, WA, USA
Name of coach
Kiko Van Zandt

International debut

Year
2009
Competing for
United States
Location
Rio de Janeiro

General interest

Nicknames
Fruit Leather [because she likes to eat it between events]. (Athlete, 14 Dec 2011)
Hobbies
Reading, watching movies, skiing, singing, acting, robotics. (teamusa.org, 28 Jul 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Picture what you're going for at the end of the lane. If that gold medal's there, then swimming towards it helps." (myedmondsnews.com, 22 Apr 2013)
Awards and honours
She was named Best Female Swimmer at the 2014 Can-Am Championships in Edmonton, AB, Canada. (teamusa.org, 07 Dec 2014)
Ambitions
To become a disability rights lawyer. (teamusa.org, 28 Jul 2015)
Impairment
She was born missing both her legs and her right arm. (myedmondsnews.com, 22 Apr 2013)
Other information
LONDON DISAPPOINTMENT
Despite qualifying for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, she was unable to compete as there were not enough people classified in her S1 category. (myedmondsnews.com, 22 Apr 2013)

COACH
She has helped coach children in the Barracuda Swim Team, an able-bodied swimming club in Edmonds, WA, United States. (myedmondsnews.com, 22 Apr 2013)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Freestyle S3 Heat 2 5
Women's 50 m Freestyle S3 Heat 2 6
Women's 50 m Butterfly S3 Final Round 5
Women's 50 m Breaststroke SB2 Final Round 8
Women's 4x50 m Medley 20pts Heat 1 4
Women's 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final Round 4
Women's 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Heat 1 2
Women's 200 m Freestyle S3 Final Round 6
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m Freestyle S3 Heat 2 2013-08-12 10
Women's 50 m Breaststroke SB2 Final 1 2013-08-13 8
Women's 50 m Breaststroke SB2 Heat 2 2013-08-13 8
Women's 50 m Freestyle S3 Heat 2 2013-08-14 11
Women's 100 m Freestyle S2 Final 1 2013-08-16 4
Women's 50 m Freestyle S3 Intermediate Time 2013-08-16 2
Women's 50 m Butterfly S3 Final 1 2013-08-18 6