William Hardy

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S6, SB5, SM6

Further personal information

Languages
English
Higher education
History, Politics - Northumbria University: Newcastle, ENG

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming competitively at age 10 in Newcastle, England.
Name of coach
Rob Aubry [national], GBR
Training Regime
He trains in the pool eight times per week, in addition to gym sessions.

General interest

Nicknames
Will (Twitter profile, 02 Oct 2016)
Injuries
He was sidelined for 13 months after undergoing shoulder surgery. He returned to competition at the 2017 World Series event in Sheffield, England. (gawswim.org.uk, 04 May 2017)
Awards and honours
He lit the Olympic cauldron in Newcastle, England, ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (bbc.co.uk, 19 Mar 2012; dorset-ortho.com, 20 Jun 2012)
Impairment
He contracted meningitis at around age two, which resulted in the amputation of both his legs and part of his left arm. (dorset-ortho.com, 20 Jun 2012)
Other information
LIFEGUARD
He qualified as a lifeguard in June 2017, and began working at Jesmond Swimming Pool in Newcastle, England. "I really like being around the swimming pool, it's what I enjoy doing. But also mixing with different customers and different people. I enjoy that side of it and working as part of the team." (chroniclelive.co.uk, 31 Oct 2017)