Rachel Staines



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
S7, SB7, SM7

Further personal information

Bathurst, NSW, AUS
Higher education
Early Childhood Studies - TAFE Western: Sydney, NSW, AUS

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age six.
Why this sport?
A teacher got her involved in para-swimming.
Club / Team
Bathurst City ASC: Australia
Name of coach
Brendan Keogh [national], AUS; Allan Staines [father]
Training Regime
She trains in the pool nine times and in the gym three times per week.

General interest

She injured her shoulder in early 2012. (westernadvocate.com.au, 26 Jul 2012)
Awards and honours
She won the 2013 Strength and Conditioning Award for swimming from the Western Region Academy of Sport [WRAS] in Australia. (dailyliberal.com.au, 31 Aug 2012)

She was presented with the 2011 Beverley Whitfield Encouragement Award, for athletes who have shown sportsmanship and dedication. (westernadvocate.com.au, 25 Oct 2011)
She was born with cerebral palsy which affects her ability to move the right side of her body. (westernadvocate.com.au, 22 Jun 2009)
Other information
In October 2013 she was included in a elite training squad for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. This was despite not being able to perform to her potential in the early part of the year because of glandular fever. The camp took place at the Australian Institute of Sport [AIS] in Canberra, ACT, Australia, and included testing and analysis of the athletes as well as presentations on nutrition, recovery and psychology. (swimming.org.au, 03 Oct 2013; westernadvocate.com.au, 08 Aug 2013)