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Laura Dennison

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Classification
S6

Further personal information

Residence
United States
Occupation
Athlete, Teacher
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She had always been active in sports growing up, especially athletics, but did not take up swimming as a sport until she was at university. "For as long as I can remember, I have felt the spirit of athleticism in me. Growing up, I participated in track in middle school and high school."
Why this sport?
While at university she attended a wheelchair basketball camp, where she was exposed to international level Para athletes for the first time. This inspired her to pursue a Para sport at the highest level. "I chose to attend graduate school in Alabama, where I could have more opportunities to access sport. It was there that I fell in love with the sport of swimming, and decided that this was the sport I wanted to pursue my dream of becoming a Paralympian.”
Club / Team
Cambridge Masters Swim Club: Boston, MA, USA

General interest

Sporting philosophy / motto
"It is never too late to go after your dreams. The water doesn't know how old you are." (gofundme.com, 01 Mar 2015; Twitter profile, 07 May 2013)
Other information
OCCUPATION
She works as a teacher in the United States of America. "I work as a full-time special education teacher, [as well as] training, and trying to get more athletes with impairments in the water through my involvement on the New England Local Masters Swimming board." (Twitter profile, 27 Feb 2017; Facebook page, 13 Dec 2015; gofundme.com, 01 Mar 2015)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She has worked on the board of directors for the New England Local Masters Swimming Committee, serving as Para athlete chair. She has also worked as a volunteer for the Partners for Youth with Disabilities [PYD] charity. In 2014 she was presented with a grant of 5,000 USD by the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation in the United States of America in recognition of her work as a mentor for PYD. (nelmsc.org, 01 Jan 2015; patch.com, 03 Jul 2014)