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Meimei White

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

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

Further personal information

Residence
Athens, GA, USA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up swimming at age five.
Why this sport?
She started swimming as a form of therapy and then fell in love with the sport. "When I'm swimming it feels like nothing is in my way."
Club / Team
Athens Bulldog Swim Club: United States
Name of coach
Harvey Humpries

General interest

Hobbies
Playing with her dogs, travelling, reading, cooking, photography, listening to music, spending time with family, drawing. (TikTok profile, 14 Aug 2021; teamusa.org, 01 Jul 2021)
Hero / Idol
US Para triathlete Sarah Reinertsen. (mynews13.com, 08 Jun 2016; NBC News YouTube channel, 16 Sep 2011)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Outside of sport she wants to study kinesiology and work as an athletic trainer in future. (livingwithamplitude.com, 01 Jan 2020; Instagram profile, 05 Aug 2021)
Impairment
She was born with proximal femoral focal deficiency [PFFD], a bone growth disorder that resulted in the amputation of her right leg above the knee. (NBC News YouTube channel, 16 Sep 2011 )
Other information
MENTAL HEALTH
In 2019 she was diagnosed with anxiety and depression, and started medication. After her mental health suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic, US Olympic & Paralympic Committee sports psychologists helped her to find a therapist. "I feel like trying to find a therapist who is good and understands you is like trying to find a best friend. Having a best friend is hard to find. I feel like a best friend to me is a person who would be there for me, I would be there for them, they would understand, they would listen, I could help them and they could help me. There aren't a lot of people out there who want to do that as their job. I think that mental health is so important to everybody, and it's something that people need to address." (teamusa.org, 15 Jan 2021)

CHINA TO THE UNITED STATES
Born in the People's Republic of China, she was adopted at 18 months old by Kelley White of Orlando, FL, United States of America. (plasticscolor.com, 08 Mar 2017; NBC News YouTube channel, 16 Sep 2011)

NAME
Her name, MeiMei, means 'beautiful', and was given to her by her nannies in the People's Republic of China. (teamusa.org, 01 Jul 2021)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games (Tokyo, Japan)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB8 Heat 1 2021-08-26 5