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Laurence McGivern

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S9, SB8, SM9

Further personal information

Residence
Rostrevor, NIR
Occupation
Student
Languages
English, French, Spanish
Higher education
Accounting, Language Studies - French - Queen’s University of Belfast: Northern Ireland

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 1995 at age 12 with the adaptive sport group at the Newry Leisure Centre in Northern Ireland.
Why this sport?
He took up swimming to improve his fitness, and because he enjoyed it. "As an amputee, my parents thought it would be the best type of exercise for me. Later, I wanted to be like the Irish Paralympic swimmer Dave Malone."
Club / Team
Invictus Swimming Club: Belfast, NIR
Name of coach
Jim Laverty [national], IRL

International debut

Year
2009
Competing for
Ireland
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Reykjavík, ISL

General interest

Nicknames
Larry (Athlete, 02 Oct 2010)
Most influential person in career
Coach Dave Malone. (Athlete, 09 Aug 2010)
Hero / Idol
Irish Paralympic swimmer Dave Malone. (Athlete, 02 Oct 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"No hill is too high if you want what's on the top of it." (Athlete, 09 Aug 2010)
Impairment
Both of his legs have been amputated. (bbc.co.uk, 05 Sep 2012)

Results

Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S9 Final Round 2012-08-31 8
Men's 100 m Backstroke S9 Heat 2 2012-08-31 4
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S9 Final 1 2013-08-18 3
Men's 100 m Backstroke S9 Heat 2 2013-08-18 4