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Verena Schott

Swimming
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Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S6, SB5, SM6

Further personal information

Family
Two sons
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, German
Higher education
Biology, Education - Humboldt University of Berlin: Germany

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age eight in Wurzen, Germany. "I started swimming late and was blown away by it. I went to the swimming pool to learn to swim and then did not want to leave because I learned to love my sport, it was everything to me." She took up Para swimming soon after her accident at age 13.
Why this sport?
"The first thing I wanted to know when I woke up in hospital was whether I could swim again. When I was released from the hospital and came back to my everyday life, I went back to my old club and they made it possible so that I could slowly start again. And then it developed in such a way that a few years later I went to Leipzig [Germany], and joined a sports club for the impaired."
Club / Team
Brandenburg Prevention and Rehabilitation Sports Association [BPRSV]: Cottbus, GER
Name of coach
Maik Zeh [personal]; Ute Schinkitz [national], GER

International debut

Year
2009
Competing for
Germany

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning three bronze medals at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (swim.de, 03 Sep 2021; Facebook page, 29 Dec 2021, 30 Dec 2021; Instagram profile, 31 Dec 2021)
Most influential person in career
Her mother. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Injuries
She was affected by shoulder problems in 2019 and 2020. (jugendtrainiert.com, 15 Sep 2019; bsbrandenburg.de, 19 Oct 2020)
Awards and honours
In November 2021 she received the Silver Laurel Award from the president of Germany in recognition of the three bronze medals she won at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 08 Nov 2021)

She received the Para Swimmer of the Year award for 2019 at the 2020 German Championships in Berlin. (swimsportnews.de, 19 Oct 2020; bsbrandenburg.de, 19 Oct 2020; sportfrauen.net, 20 Oct 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 World Championships in Madeira, Portugal, and at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 25 Apr 2022)
Impairment
She has incomplete paralysis as a result of a bicycle accident she was involved in at age 13. She still has some feeling and mobility in her legs. (hu-berlin.de, 28 Aug 2016)
Other information
TOKYO REDEMPTION
After the disappointment of missing out on a medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where she finished fourth in two events, she says she used the memory as motivation ahead of the 2020 Games in Tokyo. She went on to win bronze medals in the SM6 200m individual medley, SB5 100m breaststroke, and S6 100m backstroke in Tokyo. "My first Paralympics [in 2012] was a dream that I could not believe when I received a medal [silver in the SM6 200m individual medley]. And then Rio was completely the opposite, with the fourth places that I took. Rio was really a point that was very difficult for me. When I train today, I still think back to Rio and want to get faster so that doesn't happen to me again. Breaststroke is not my favourite stroke at all but it was the best shot I had going into Tokyo Paralympic Games, and the backstroke has been my favourite stroke in the last years since I broke the European record and became European champion 2018 and world champion in 2019." (athlet.one, 08 Mar 2021; SportsDeskOnline, 23 Mar 2021; Instagram profile, 28 Aug 2021; Facebook page, 29 Dec 2021, 30 Dec 2021)

MOTHERHOOD
She has spoken of the challenges of returning to the sport after giving birth and balancing raising her children with training and competition. "It was very difficult to get back into training after pregnancy. It's like two lives, in the mornings you are the competitive athlete and in the afternoons you have to be a full-time mum. It's not always easy, but you grow with yourself. My children also give me a lot in return. They are totally enthusiastic about what I do and are also proud when I go to big competitions." (athlet.one, 08 Mar 2021)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She has served as spokesperson for swimming in the German Disabled Sports Association, and as spokesperson for the German national Para swimming team. "As a team spokesperson, I'm there to ensure that the athletes can turn to me if they have problems, with other athletes, with their coaches, in training camps. In itself, it's not an awful lot of work. As an experienced athlete, it's a normal task for me to be there for the younger athletes and to help the older ones if there are problems." (athlet.one, 08 Mar 2021)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB5 Heat 1 1
Women's 50 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 6
Women's 50 m Freestyle S7 Heat 2 3
Women's 50 m Butterfly S7 Final Round 4
Women's 50 m Butterfly S7 Heat 1 2
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 2 5
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 9999
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Heat 2 3
Women's 400 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 4
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB5 Final Round 2
Women's 100 m Freestyle S7 Heat 1 3
Women's 100 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 6
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM6 Heat 1 1
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM6 Final Round 2
Women's 400 m Freestyle S7 Heat 2 3
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Backstroke S7 Heat 2 2012-08-30 5
Women's 50 m Butterfly S7 Heat 1 2012-08-31 5
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM6 Heat 1 2012-09-03 1
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM6 Final Round 2012-09-03 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S7 Heat 1 2012-09-04 4
Women's 50 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 2012-09-04 8
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB5 Final Round 2012-09-05 5
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB5 Heat 1 2012-09-05 1
Women's 400 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 2012-09-06 8
Women's 400 m Freestyle S7 Heat 2 2012-09-06 5
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m Freestyle S7 Final 1 2013-08-12 6
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM6 Final 1 2013-08-15 2
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM6 Heat 2 2013-08-15 2
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB5 Heat 2 2013-08-16 3
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB5 Final 1 2013-08-16 3
Women's 50 m Butterfly S7 Final 1 2013-08-17 6
Women's 50 m Butterfly S7 Heat 2 2013-08-17 6
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB5 Final 1 2015-07-14 1
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB5 Heat 1 2015-07-14 1
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM6 Heat 2 2015-07-17 3
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM6 Final 1 2015-07-17 3
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Backstroke S7 Heat 2 2016-09-08 5
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB5 Final Round 2016-09-11 4
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB5 Heat 2 2016-09-11 3
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM6 Heat 2 2016-09-12 3
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM6 Final Round 2016-09-12 4
Women's 400 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 2016-09-14 5
Women's 100 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 2016-09-16 8
Women's 100 m Freestyle S7 Heat 2 2016-09-16 5