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Sarah Bowen

Swimming
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Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S6, SB6, SM6

Further personal information

Residence
Ocean Grove, VIC, AUS
Occupation
Athlete, Child Carer
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age six and competed in her first race in 1999.
Club / Team
Geelong City Aquatic: Geelong, VIC, AUS

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in the 100m breaststroke at the 2002 World Championships in world record time. (paralympic.org.au, 16 Dec 2009)
Hero / Idol
Australian swimmers Grant Hackett and Ky Hurst. (paralympic.org.au, 16 Dec 2009)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She touches her swimming goggles three times before every race. (paralympic.org.au, 16 Dec 2009)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up on your dreams." (paralympic.org.au, 16 Dec 2009)
Awards and honours
In 2004 she received the McHugh-Henderson award for her outstanding performances in the sport of swimming. The award is given out annually by the Short Statured People of Australia [SSPA] organisation. (sspa.org.au, 17 Dec 2009)

In 2004 she broke the world record for the 100m breaststroke in the SB6 classification while competing at the Paralympic Games in Athens. In the same year she also broke world records in the 50m breaststroke [SB6] and 50m backstroke [S6]. (paralympic.org.au, 16 Dec 2009)

She set a world record in the 100m breaststroke in the SB6 classification while competing at the 2002 World Championships. (paralympic.org.au, 16 Dec 2009)
Impairment
She has Achondroplasia dwarfism. (paralympic.org.au, 16 Dec 2009)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Mar del Plata 2002 (Mar del Plata, Argentina)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Freestyle S6 Heats 7
Women's 50 m Freestyle S6 Final Round 7
Women's 100 m Backstroke S6 Heats 3
Women's 100 m Backstroke S6 Final Round 4
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB5 Final Round 1
IPC Swimming World Championships Durban 2006 (Durban, South Africa)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM6 Final Round 7
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM6 Heats 6
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Final Round 2
Women's 100 m Backstroke S6 Final Round 7
Women's 100 m Backstroke S6 Heats 7
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts Final Round 6
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Heat 1 1
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Final Round 2
Women's 100 m Backstroke S6 Heat 2 5
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM6 Heat 2 6
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Final Round 1
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Heat 2 1
Women's 50 m Freestyle S6 Heat 1 6
Women's 100 m Freestyle S6 Heat 1 7
Women's 100 m Backstroke S6 Heat 1 3
Women's 100 m Backstroke S6 Final Round 7