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INTERNATIONAL PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE
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female Para swimmer Maisie Summers-Newton holds onto the wall and smiles in the pool at the end of the race

Maisie Summers-Newton

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S6, SB6, SM6

Further personal information

Residence
Northampton, ENG
Occupation
Student
Languages
English

Sport specific information

Why this sport?
She was inspired to try the sport after watching British swimmer Ellie Simmonds compete at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
Club / Team
Northampton Swimming Club: England
Name of coach
Jacquie Marshall [club], GBR

International debut

Year
2017
Competing for
Great Britain
Location
Berlin, GER

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the SB6 100m breaststroke at the 2018 European Championships in Dublin, Ireland. (paralympic.org, 20 Sep 2018)
Hero / Idol
British Para swimmer Ellie Simmonds. (sportsaid.org.uk, 01 Dec 2014)
Injuries
An injury during the 2015/16 season meant she was unable to compete for a qualifying berth ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games. (northamptonshirecommunityfoundation.wordpress.com, 24 Nov 2017)
Awards and honours
She was named Young Sportswoman of the Year and Disabled Sports Person of the Year at the 2019 Northamptonshire Sports Awards in England. She was previously named Disabled Sports Person of the Year at the 2017 edition of the awards ceremony. (communitysportmagazine.co.uk, 26 Nov 2019; northamptonshirecommunityfoundation.wordpress.com, 24 Nov 2017; northamptonshiresport.org, 11 Nov 2017)

In 2017 she was named Emerging Athlete of the Year by British Swimming. (BritishSwimming YouTube channel, 04 Nov 2017)

In 2015 she was named Para Swimming Athlete of the Year by the Amateur Swimming Association [ASA]. (ASA YouTube channel, 16 Nov 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (swimming.org, 31 Jul 2017)
Impairment
She was born with achondroplasia and is a person of short stature. (sportsaid.org.uk, 01 Dec 2014)
Other information
BEATING HER IDOL
At age 10 she was inspired by watching fellow British swimmer Ellie Simmonds compete at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. She raced against Simmonds in the SB6 100m breaststroke at the 2018 European Championships in Dublin, Ireland, where she set a world record to claim gold and leave Simmonds in second place. "I love racing against Ellie. She's such a great swimmer and I'm so proud of what she's achieved." (paralympic.org, 20 Sep 2018)