Type of Impairment
Origin of Impairment
S7, SB6, SM7
Further personal information
Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Communications - Calvin College: Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Sport specific information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming competitively at age nine.
Why this sport?
Her orthopaedic surgeon suggested that she try swimming. She learned to walk in the water, and has been hooked ever since. "I love swimming because it is an inclusive sport, where both para and able-bodied swimmers can swim together. I also love the independence I get in the water."
Club / Team
Ducks Swimming: Newmarket, ON, CAN
Name of coach
Reg Chappel [club]; Craig McCord [national]
San Antonio, TX, USA
Most influential person in career
Her parents, and her first coach Rafael Polinario. (paralympic.ca, 2015)
In 2013 she had a foot injury that meant she was unable to compete for nine months. (calvin.edu, 07 Mar 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"We are athletes, and we have the same mentality as all other athletes. We want to do the best we can with the ability we have been given, and we have the same goals and ambitions." (calvin.edu, 07 Mar 2014)
Awards and honours
She carried the Parapan American flame through Mississauga, ON, Canada during the relay for the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (toronto2015.org, 05 Aug 2015)
She was born nine weeks premature. At age 18 months she was diagnosed with a mild form of cerebral palsy due to bleeding in her brain. Over the next few years, she had a number of operations to correct bones and muscles that had been affected by her condition. (calvin.edu, 07 Mar 2014)
|Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB6||Heat 1||2015-07-14||7|
|Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB6||Final 1||2015-07-14||7|
|Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM7||Heat 2||2015-07-16||10|
|Women's 50 m Butterfly S7||Heat 1||2015-07-17||10|
|Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM7||Heat 1||2016-09-13||5|
|Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB6||Heat 1||2016-09-15||6|