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Shannon Martins

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S9, SB8, SM9

Further personal information

Residence
Johannesburg, RSA
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English

Sport specific information

Why this sport?
"Swimming just makes me feel like I have a purpose in life. I'm just free. It clears my mind when I'm having a bad day. I forget about everything else and just focus on my swimming. They say swimming is a lonely sport, but for me personally, I like being alone, reaching my own goals and not depending on other people."
Club / Team
Aqua Athlete Swimming: South Africa

General interest

Nicknames
Shan (Facebook profile, 10 Nov 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Have perseverance and above all confidence in yourself. There are no walls - find your peace and make you walls [become] doors." (Aqua Athlete Swimming Facebook page, 09 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
She was named the Best Junior Female Swimmer at the 2016 South African National Championships in Bloemfontein. (Aqua Athlete Swimming Facebook page, 22 Mar 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo and the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England. (Aqua Athlete Swimming Facebook page, 09 Aug 2018)
Impairment
Her right leg was amputated above the knee after an accident at age two, when a concrete water fountain fell on her leg, damaging the main artery. She underwent nine operations before doctors decided to amputate. (fourwaysreview.co.za, 25 Apr 2016; Aqua Athlete Swimming Facebook page, 09 Aug 2018)