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Oliver Carter

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S10, SB9, SM10

Further personal information

Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Sport Studies - University of Stirling: Scotland

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age 10 following leg surgery.
Why this sport?
He started with a course of hydrotherapy as part of his rehabilitation, before moving on to swimming lessons. "With my disability it was swimming that got me into it. I can now walk properly, I can run and jump because of swimming. After four years of being a high competitive swimmer I've actually got a calf muscle that's visible. It has helped me get physically stronger and makes me feel happy. You are weightless when you're in the water and it feels amazing."
Club / Team
University of Stirling: Scotland
Name of coach
Josh Williamson [club]; Rob Aubry [national], GBR

General interest

Nicknames
Ollie, The Tank, Machine (scottishswimming.com, 07 Feb 2022; Instagram profile, 17 Jun 2021; sportsaid.org.uk, 29 Jul 2014)
Hobbies
Reading fantasy novels, writing, Muay Thai, fitness. (scottishswimming.com, 07 Feb 2022)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (moreforyou.sse.co.uk, 01 Jul 2014)
Injuries
He had fainting episodes and a chest infection at the start of 2014. (thecourier.co.uk, 20 Mar 2014)
Awards and honours
He was named 2020 Swimmer of the Year by Disability Sport Fife in Scotland. (dunfermlinepress.com, 28 Dec 2021)

He took part in the Queen's Baton Relay ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, carrying the baton for his school, Bell Baxter High School in Cupar, Scotland. (sportsaid.org.uk, 29 Jul 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England. (scottishswimming.com, 07 Feb 2022)
Impairment
He was born with his legs facing the wrong way and underwent major lower leg surgeries, including bilateral de-rotational tibial osteotomies in 2010. (thecourier.co.uk, 20 Mar 2014; moreforyou.sse.co.uk, 01 Jul 2014; scotlandsportsaid.org.uk, 29 Jul 2014)
Other information
BOOK RELEASE
In January 2022 he released the fantasy novel 'Mythos and World of Terra Tearia'. He decided to write the novel during the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020 to keep positive and remain productive. "I've always loved fantasy and fairy tales, reading about them, and getting lost in that make-believe world. As I got older, I thought, 'Yeah, I can do this', and I started to write short stories. Coming to university helped too, taking optional modules like philosophy. I wanted to come out of lockdown more productively than I went in. I was having serious withdrawals from not being able to swim. Writing is a great escape." (scottishswimming.com, 07 Feb 2022)