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Susannah Rodgers

Swimming
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S7, SB6, SM7

Further personal information

Residence
London, ENG
Occupation
Manager
Languages
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Higher education
Language Studies - German - Newcastle University: England

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She learned to swim at age seven in Cairo, Egypt.
Why this sport?
"My family had moved to Cairo for my father's new job in 1990. I was overwhelmed by the heat. I wore both an artificial arm and leg on the left side, and my leg socket was made out of leather. My only saviour was a 50-metre swimming pool in a club over the road from our flat."

International debut

Year
2011
Competing for
Great Britain
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Berlin, GER

General interest

Nicknames
Susie (susannahrodgers.com, 21 Aug 2014)
Injuries
She tore the cartilage in her right knee three months before the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. She underwent keyhole surgery, and returned to training in time to compete at the Games. (bluebadgestyle.com, 04 Jan 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Train hard and be determined." (swimming.org, 2013)
Awards and honours
She was named a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire [MBE] in the 2017 New Year's Honours list for services to swimming. (bbc.com, 31 Dec 2016)
Impairment
She was born with a malformed right leg and foot. Her left leg has been amputated above the knee, and her left arm below the elbow. (susannahrodgers.com, 20 Feb 2013)
Other information
RETIREMENT
In May 2017 she announced her retirement from competitive swimming. "I knew after Rio [2016 Paralympic Games] that I could be ready to step away from competitive sport, but I needed a few months to think things over and to use some time to come to a decision. Being awarded an MBE [Most Excellent Order of the British Empire] in the [2017] New Year's honours was a final perfect way to round off eight years at the top. I leave the sport with 30 international medals and I am proud of my swimming career." (rio.paralympics.org.uk, 02 May 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Backstroke S7 Heat 1 2012-08-30 2
Women's 100 m Backstroke S7 Final Round 2012-08-30 6
Women's 50 m Butterfly S7 Heat 1 2012-08-31 1
Women's 50 m Butterfly S7 Final Round 2012-08-31 4
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 2012-09-03 3
Women's 100 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 2012-09-03 3
Women's 100 m Freestyle S7 Heat 1 2012-09-03 1
Women's 50 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 2012-09-04 4
Women's 50 m Freestyle S7 Heat 1 2012-09-04 2
Women's 400 m Freestyle S7 Heat 1 2012-09-06 1
Women's 400 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 2012-09-06 3
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m Freestyle S7 Final 1 2013-08-12 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S7 Heat 2 2013-08-14 3
Women's 50 m Freestyle S7 Final 1 2013-08-14 2
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final 1 2013-08-15 1
Women's 100 m Freestyle S7 Final 1 2013-08-16 2
Women's 50 m Butterfly S7 Final 1 2013-08-17 2
Women's 50 m Butterfly S7 Heat 2 2013-08-17 2
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Freestyle S7 Heat 1 2015-07-13 2
Women's 100 m Freestyle S7 Final 1 2015-07-13 3
Women's 50 m Butterfly S7 Heat 2 2015-07-17 4
Women's 50 m Freestyle S7 Heat 1 2015-07-19 9999
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final 1 2015-07-19 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Freestyle S7 Heat 1 2016-09-09 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 2016-09-09 3
Women's 50 m Butterfly S7 Heat 2 2016-09-12 2
Women's 50 m Butterfly S7 Final Round 2016-09-12 1
Women's 400 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 2016-09-14 3
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 2016-09-15 4
Women's 100 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 2016-09-16 4
Women's 100 m Freestyle S7 Heat 2 2016-09-16 2