Emily Beecroft got 2016 off to a strong start, taking home a gold medal in the 50m butterfly and a silver medal in the 50m freestyle from the Victorian Open Championships. Her time of 30.03 seconds for the 50m freestyle also saw her awarded multi-class swimmer of the meet and broke the required qualifying time for the Rio 2016 Paralympics.

The teenager from Gippsland in Victoria got into swimming at a young age. A teacher suggested she join a swim club and after one of her sisters started, she followed suit. Emily is a triplet, with two sister who she is very close to and loves hanging out with.

Her swimming took her to local meets where she raced against able-bodied kids. Emily was born with a right arm limb deficiency and deaf in her left ear. Her disability never held her back from her desire to achieve big things …

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Date of birth
19 November 1999
Sport
Para-swimming
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Impairment
Physical Impairment – Right arm limb deficiency
How acquired
Congenital
Residence
Traralgon, VIC
Occupation
Student
Started competing
2010
Sport career highlights

Silver medal in the 50m butterfly at the 2015 Nationals

Heroes/role models

Ellie Cole

Disciplines

  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 100m butterfly Classification: S9
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 100m freestyle Classification: S9
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 200m individual medley Classification: SM9
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 4x100m freestyle Relay Classification: S9
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 4x100m Medley Relay Classification: S9
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 50m freestyle Classification: S9

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