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Melissa Donoghue

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S10, SB9, SM10

Further personal information

Languages
English

Sport specific information

Why this sport?
She fell in love with swimming after taking part in the Special Olympics in New Zealand in 2007.
Club / Team
Cambridge Swimming Club: New Zealand

General interest

Famous relatives
Her younger sister Brooke Donoghue has represented New Zealand internationally in rowing, including at the world championships in 2018. (Women's Day NZ, 06 Mar 2017; worldrowing.com, 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Women's Day NZ, 06 Mar 2017; givealittle.co.nz, 28 Mar 2018)
Impairment
She was born with Seckel syndrome, an extremely rare inherited disorder characterised by growth delays which result in short stature. (Women's Day NZ, 06 Mar 2017; givealittle.co.nz, 28 Mar 2018)
Other information
FAMILY AFFAIR IN TOKYO
Her sister Brooke is hoping to compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo in rowing, while Melissa is aiming for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. "If we both qualified in our sports in 2020, that would be amazing. We're hoping Tokyo is going to be a family holiday," Brooke said. (Women's Day NZ, 06 Mar 2017)