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Toni Shaw



Impairment information

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

Further personal information

Stirling, SCO
Athlete, Student
Higher education
Business - University of Stirling: Scotland

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming lessons at age eight in Aberdeen, Scotland. Her first club was the Cults Otters Amateur Swimming Club in Aberdeen.
Why this sport?
"I realised I wanted to do [swimming] competitively when I found out just how much I did enjoy it."
Club / Team
University of Stirling: Scotland
Name of coach
Josh Williamson [club]

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in a world-record time in the 4x100m freestyle relay 34 points at the 2019 World Championships in London, England. (, 25 Oct 2020)
Hero / Idol
British Para swimmer Ellie Simmonds, British swimmer Hannah Miley. (, 25 Oct 2020;, 12 Aug 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Anything is possible." (, 24 Mar 2020)
Awards and honours
She was named Young Sportswoman of the Year for 2020 at the Scottish Women in Sport Awards. (, 01 Dec 2020)

She received the Disability Swimmer of the Year award at the 2019 Scottish Swimming Awards. (, 29 Sep 2019)

She received the Disability Sport Award at the 2018 Scottish Sports Awards ceremony in Glasgow, Scotland. (, 11 Dec 2018)

She was named the 2018 Para Swimming Emerging Athlete of the Year by British Swimming. (, 17 Nov 2018)

In 2017 and 2018 she was named Sports Achiever of the Year in the junior impaired category at the Aberdeen Sports Awards in Scotland. (, 05 Oct 2018;, 01 Nov 2017)

In 2016 she received the Best Female Athlete with a Disability award from the Aberdeen Sports Council in Scotland. (, 03 Jun 2016)
At age 14 years and 244 days she was the youngest member of Team Scotland at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (, 17 Jan 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 31 Mar 2020)
To compete at the 2022 World Championships in Madeira, Portugal. (, 09 Feb 2022)
She was born without her right hand. (, 30 Jun 2018)
Other information
After the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo she moved from Aberdeen, Scotland, to Stirling, Scotland, where she began studying at the University of Stirling. "I've moved away from home to start uni, so taken quite a lot of new things at once - but I'm really enjoying training at Stirling. There's a lot of new things like cooking for myself, doing my cleaning, all that sort of stuff but I think it was at the perfect time after a Games - you've got a few years to the next one to kind of get used to a new style of life and being a bit more independent. I was kind of expecting a bit of a drop in my performance, and that did happen, I didn't race as fast for a while, but to be back here [at the 2022 World Series event in Aberdeen] racing close to my PB gives me confidence in what I'm doing. I love training there [Stirling] and being happy definitely helps you swim faster." (, 19 Feb 2022;, 09 Feb 2022)

In 2018 she became an ambassador for the Learn to Swim programme, a scheme that promotes swimming among young people in Scotland. She began swimming with the programme in Aberdeen, Scotland. "I got asked if I would like to do the role, and I was really honoured. I think it's important to show other people with a disability it doesn't matter. You can learn to swim and don't need to go into private lessons. They can go into the normal Learn to Swim programme. Swimming has been a huge part of my life. It's given me more confidence and so many experiences to travel and meet new people." (, 31 Aug 2020;, 14 Nov 2018)