Lewis Edwards

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Leg length difference
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S8

Further personal information

Family
Fiance Claire, son Austin, daughter Summer
Residence
Caerphilly, WAL
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 2012.
Why this sport?
He was inspired to try it after watching the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. He started swimming with his father who then suggested he join the local Caerphilly County Swim Squad.
Club / Team
Caerphilly County Swim Squad : Bargoed, WAL
Name of coach
Rob Greenwood [national]
Coach from which country?
England
Training Regime
He trains for an hour and a half each day.

General interest

Sporting philosophy / motto
"I’ve got another arm. There are a lot of people out there worse off than me. I just got on with it. It’s the frame of mind we got drummed into us in training." (walesonline.co.uk, 14 Sep 2014)
Impairment
He lost his right arm from just above the elbow in a car accident on 8 May 2007. He was travelling with three Royal Welsh colleagues in England who were unharmed. (walesonline.co.uk, 14 Sep 2014; caerphillyobserver.co.uk, 18 Sep 2014; bbc.co.uk, 10 Sep 2014)
Other information
ARMED FORCES
He is a former army private in the British Armed Forces and served with the 2nd Battalion Royal Welsh for three years. He was medically discharged in 2008 after he lost his right arm above the elbow in a car accident just days before his first tour of Iraq. (southwalesargus.co.uk, 17 Sep 2014; caerphillyobserver.co.uk, 18 Sep 2014; walesonline.co.uk, 14 Sep 2014)

OCCUPATION
He is a trainee gas engineer. (southwalesargus.co.uk, 17 Sep 2014)

HOME POOL
His father built a swimming pool in Lewis' garden to help with his training and so he can spend more time at home with his children. "I picked swimming up quite quickly with my arm but it has been hard, especially with going away for competitions with two young kids. The fitness side has been challenging. My father has built a pool out the back for me to train in, complete with a hydraulic pump system to simulate swimming against the tide." (southwalesargus.co.uk, 17 Sep 2014)