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Sophie Pontifex

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S8, SB7, SM8

Further personal information

Occupation
Student
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age six.
Why this sport?
“I started swimming for aqua therapy and I never thought I'd make it. Swimming is fun and makes me happy. I like being part of a club and competing."
Club / Team
Norwood Swimming Club: Adelaide, SA, AUS
Name of coach
Luke Curtis [club], AUS

General interest

Sporting philosophy / motto
"I like to show there is lots of ability in disability." (Novita YouTube channel, 10 Dec 2016)
Famous relatives
His younger brother Harry competed in Para swimming at the 2017 Pacific School Games in Adelaide, SA, Australia. (schoolsportaustralia.edu.au, 10 Dec 2017)
Impairment
She was born with a rare childhood form of muscular dystrophy, which has caused her to endure severe fatigue, learning difficulties, and coordination and balance issues. She was also born with club feet and wears supportive devices which help her to walk. (adelaidenow.com.au, 30 Nov 2017; novita.org.au, 30 Nov 2016)