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Summer Schmit

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S9, SB9, SM9

Further personal information

Residence
Stillwater, MN, USA
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming lessons when she was entering elementary school, and joined her first club at age eight. Two years later she joined the St Croix Swim Club in Stillwater, MN, United States of America, to begin competitive training. She took up Para swimming at age 12.
Why this sport?
Her mother encouraged her to take up the sport for water safety, and then her coach introduced her to Para swimming. "It was just amazing. I loved it. We had such a fun time. I got to meet a ton of people. I was able to find a community like me. In Minnesota, there aren't many Para swimmers. At the time, one of my teammates was a Para swimmer, but other than that, there wasn't anyone else like me. I saw so many people with disabilities exactly like mine, which was really cool to see. I love swimming, so I was really happy to combine two things that I was really happy about."
Club / Team
St Croix Swim Club: Stillwater, MN, USA
Name of coach
Olga Espinosa [club]

General interest

Hobbies
Travelling, reading, baking. (teamusa.org, 04 Jun 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Swimming has taught me to how to dream, plan, and achieve my goals. It has taught me dedication and patience and has shown me my ability to push past the limit of what I though was possible." (ncsasports.org, 08 Aug 2020)
Other sports
She has competed in both Para swimming and Para athletics at national level. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 30 Jun 2016)
Impairment
She was born with disarticulation of her right wrist, and without a right hand. "Since I don't have a second hand, I rely on my legs more because I need a stronger kick to propel me forward. I also use my left arm to help me swim straight and get a strong pull." (presspubs.com, 16 Jul 2021; teamusa.org, 18 May 2021)