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Natalie Massey

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Classification
S14, SB14, SM14

Further personal information

Residence
Manchester, ENG
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age eight.
Why this sport?
All of her family were involved in the sport.
Club / Team
Aquabears Swimming Club: Rochdale, ENG
Name of coach
Rob Greenwood [national]
Coach from which country?
Great Britain

International debut

Year
2003
Competing for
Great Britain

General interest

Nicknames
Nemo [because of her swimming], Foggy [because she talks loudly]. (paralympics.channel4.com, 15 Aug 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the S14 200m freestyle at the 2011 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (paralympics.channel4.com, 15 Aug 2012)
Most influential person in career
Her family. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2012)
Hero / Idol
South African swimmer Natalie du Toit. (swimming.org, 2013)
Injuries
She missed a month of action in September 2011 due to an operation on her ankle. She also missed three weeks in November 2011 due to injures caused by a car crash. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2012)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She does everything in fours before a race, such as swinging her arms, or wiping the starting block, and she listens to the same motivational speech. (paralympics.channel4.com, 15 Aug 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Always keep focused. Pain is temporary, victory is for a lifetime." (British Swimming, 19 Aug 2010; Athlete, 28 Aug 2012)

"Swim like there is no tomorrow - give everything and leave nothing." (paralympics.channel4.com, 15 Aug 2012)
Awards and honours
She won the Outstanding Female Swimmer award at the 2009 Nationwide Short Course Championships in Sheffield, England. (optimistworld.com, 03 Dec 2009)
Famous relatives
Her father Mick Massey has coached members of the Great Britain national swimming team. Her mother Sheila is a former swimmer who trained with British Olympian Sharron Davies, and she was also part of a team that swam the English Channel. (dulwich-singapore.sg, 09 Dec 2013; paralympics.channel4.com, 15 Aug 2012)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Backstroke S14 Heat 2 1
Women's 200 m Freestyle S14 Final Round 3
Women's 200 m Freestyle S14 Heat 4 1
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB14 Final Round 6
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB14 Heat 1 1
Women's 100 m Backstroke S14 Final Round 5
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Backstroke S14 Final Round 2012-08-31 7
Women's 100 m Backstroke S14 Heat 3 2012-08-31 3
Women's 200 m Freestyle S14 Final Round 2012-09-02 6
Women's 200 m Freestyle S14 Heat 3 2012-09-02 2
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB14 Heat 1 2012-09-06 2