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Roderick Sewell

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S8, SB6, SM8

Further personal information

Residence
Colorado Springs, CO, USA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Public Affairs - University of North Alabama: Florence, AL, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 10 with help from US Para athlete Rudy Garcia-Tolson.
Why this sport?
"We were living in San Diego at the time and the only reason I wanted to learn how to swim was because I was afraid of the water."

International debut

Year
2014
Competing for
United States
Tournament
Pan Pacific Championships
Location
Pasadena, CA, USA

General interest

Nicknames
Rod (florala.net, 28 Aug 2014)
Hobbies
Running, surfing, volunteering. (ncaswim.com, 03 May 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in his international debut at the 2014 Para Pan Pacific Championships in Pasadena, CA, United States of America. (teamusa.org, 08 Aug 2014)
Most influential person in career
Coach Alan Voisard. (florala.net, 28 Aug 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"No legs, no limits." (Twitter profile, 22 Aug 2016)
Ambitions
To compete in the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Twitter profile, 24 Apr 2017)
Impairment
He was born with the tibia bones missing in his legs. His mother decided to have his legs amputated at age one to improve his mobility. (disabilitynews.com, 19 May 2012)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He teaches at an outreach swim programme at his local YMCA in San Diego, CA, United States of America. (marketwired.com, 05 May 2016)

FAMILY SUPPORT
The cost of affording his prosthetic legs was so high it led to the family leaving their home when he was age seven and enduring several years of homelessness, before settling in Birmingham, AL, United States of America, with the help of friends and other family. (disabilitynews.com, 19 May 2012)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final 1 2017-12-02 4
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Heat 1 2017-12-03 7
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Final 1 2017-12-03 7
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final 1 2017-12-06 3
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Heat 2 2017-12-07 10