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Yasmin Somers

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T33

Further personal information

Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She was inspired to take up wheelchair racing after watching the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
Why this sport?
"The feeling I get from wheelchair racing is that I can do whatever I want and there are no barriers. I don't really know where I'd be without it."
Club / Team
Weir Archer Academy: London, ENG
Name of coach
Jenny Archer [club], GBR
Training Regime
She trains up to seven days a week, and includes going to the gym and swimming in her schedule.

General interest

Nicknames
Yas (bbc.co.uk, 30 May 2016)
Hero / Idol
British wheelchair racers Hannah Cockroft and David Weir. (bbc.co.uk, 30 May 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Racing is my life and my passion." (Facebook page, 31 Oct 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the Paralympic Games or world championships. (the3scribblers.wordpress.com, 09 Dec 2016)
Impairment
She was born prematurely at 32 weeks, and spent the first five weeks of her life in the special care baby unit in hospital. At age 10 months old she was diagnosed with spastic quadriplegia, and at age 10 she travelled to the United States of America to undergo selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery in the hope it would improve her mobility later in life. (yasminsomers.wordpress.com, 01 Nov 2011; getsurrey.co.uk, 19 Aug 2010)