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Prue Watt

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S13, SB13, SM13

Further personal information

Residence
Sydney, NSW, AUS
Occupation
Coordinator, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Health Science - University of Newcastle: Australia

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began competing at school carnivals at age 11. She was swimming at national level by age 14.
Why this sport?
Her interest in surf life saving led her to begin para-swimming. She took up para-alpine skiing because it made her feel exhilarated.
Club / Team
Cranbrook Eastern Edge [para-swimming]: Australia
Name of coach
Angelo Basalo [club, para-swimming]; Brendan Keogh [national, para-swimming]; Christian Geiger [national, para-alpine skiing]

International debut

Year
2002 [para-swimming]
Competing for
Australia

General interest

Nicknames
Sparky, Watty (pruewatt.com, 13 Jan 2010)
Hobbies
Science. (Twitter profile, 12 Feb 2016)
Most influential person in career
Her parents and her coach. (paralympic.org.au, 13 Jan 2010)
Hero / Idol
Australian surfer Layne Beachley, Australian swimmer Susie O'Neill. (paralympic.org.au, 2012)
Awards and honours
In 2014 she received an award for her services to the Australian swim team from Swimming Australia. (swimming.org.au, 22 Dec 2014)

She was presented with the Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] in 2014. (aquaticcentre.com.au, 2014)

She was named the 2006 and 2007 Australian Swimmer of the Year with a Disability. (paralympiceducation.org.au, 13 Jan 2010)

She was named the 2004 Junior Female Athlete of the Year by the Australian Paralympic Committee [APC]. (nambuccaguardian.com.au, 2004)
Other sports
She has competed internationally in both para-swimming and para-alpine skiing. (portnews.com.au, 19 Jan 2014; pruewatt.com, 13 Jan 2010)
Impairment
She has retina damage due to complications arising from being born 16 weeks premature. She can see about two metres ahead of her and has limited peripheral vision. (dailytelegraph.com.au, 22 Mar 2015; paralympiceducation.org.au, 13 Jan 2010)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S13 Final Round 2
Women's 100 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 1
Women's 100 m Freestyle S13 Final Round 2
Women's 400 m Freestyle S13 Final Round 2
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB13 Final Round 3
Women's 100 m Butterfly S13 Final Round 2
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Final Round 2
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Freestyle S13 Final Round 5
Women's 100 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 3
Women's 100 m Freestyle S13 Final Round 6
Women's 400 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 3
Women's 400 m Freestyle S13 Final Round 6
Women's 100 m Butterfly S13 Heat 2 2
Women's 100 m Butterfly S13 Final Round 4
Women's 100 m Backstroke S13 Heat 2 4
Women's 100 m Backstroke S13 Final Round 8
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Final Round 5
IPC Swimming World Championships Durban 2006 (Durban, South Africa)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Butterfly S13 Final Round 2
Women's 100 m Freestyle S13 Heats 5
Women's 400 m Freestyle S13 Final Round 5
Women's 400 m Freestyle S13 Heats 4
Women's 100 m Freestyle S13 Final Round 6
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 2012-09-01 1
Women's 50 m Freestyle S13 Final Round 2012-09-01 3
Women's 100 m Freestyle S13 Final Round 2012-09-02 5
Women's 100 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 2012-09-02 2
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Heat 2 2012-09-07 2
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Final Round 2012-09-07 5
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB13 Heat 2 2012-09-08 1
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB13 Final Round 2012-09-08 1
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 2015-07-13 4
Women's 50 m Freestyle S13 Final 1 2015-07-13 5
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB13 Final 1 2015-07-17 5
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB13 Heat 1 2015-07-17 4
Women's 100 m Freestyle S13 Final 1 2015-07-18 8
Women's 100 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 2015-07-18 8
Women's 100 m Butterfly S13 Final 1 2015-07-19 7
Women's 100 m Butterfly S13 Heat 1 2015-07-19 6
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Butterfly S13 Heat 3 2016-09-08 4
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Final Round 2016-09-10 8
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Heat 1 2016-09-10 3
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB13 Final Round 2016-09-11 6
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB13 Heat 1 2016-09-11 3
Women's 50 m Freestyle S13 Heat 2 2016-09-14 4
Women's 100 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 2016-09-16 4