Quick Facts

How acquired
Left arm limb deficiency
Date of Birth
July 21, 1988
Sydney, NSW
Law graduate
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

Beijing 2008, London 2012


Her mother and father

Career Highlights

Gold in 4x100m medley relay at London 2012, bronze in 100m butterfly at Beijing 2008, bronze 50m freestyle 2006 Commonwealth Games

Greatest Moment

Michael Phelps winning the 100m butterfly at the Beijing Olympics


Annabelle Williams is a jack of all trades. While continuing a successful international swimming career, she has also completed a degree in international relations and law at Bond University which has seen her study and work around Australia and the world.

Originally a track and field athlete, Annabelle was forced out of the sport after a series of stress fractures. Taking up swimming instead, she won a bronze medal at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. Extremely pleased with her results, the best part of her Beijing experience was sharing the medal podium with fellow Australian Ellie Cole.

As well as her Paralympic medal, her bronze medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games was also a highlight of her career because her friends and family joined her on the pool deck for her lap of honour. Annabelle was able to follow this up with silver in the 50m freestyle and bronze in the 100m butterfly at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. Her greatest moment however came in London when she was part of the 4x100m medley relay team that won gold in what has been described as one of the greatest Australian swimming performances ever.

While she most recently put her law aspirations to the side to focus on London, her post-pool career has taken her to Paris for six months in 2009 where she trained at a local French club in preparation for the World Short Course Championships and the Commonwealth Games and Washington in the USA, following the London Games.

After stints on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Annabelle has returned to Sydney and will now begin her legal career.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 50m freestyle Classification: S9
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 100m freestyle Classification: S9
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 100m butterfly Classification: S9