Prue Watt established herself as one of Australia’s most successful Paralympians at the Athens 2004 Games, bringing home five silver medals and one bronze medal. Her widespread success saw her awarded the 2004 Female Junior Paralympian of the Year for her achievements.

Four years later at Beijing 2008, while she did not win any medals, Prue put in a consistent performance and made the final for each of her events. In the highlight of her Games experience, she finished fourth in the 100m butterfly, fifth in the 50m freestyle and 200m individual medley, sixth in the 100m and 400m freestyle and eighth in the 100m backstroke.

Prue continued to put in the hard yards in the pool, hoping to make the team for the London Games. She made her third Paralympic team and in London won another bronze medal to add to her collection in the 50m freestyle. Still chasing …

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Date of birth
1 January 1987
Past Paralympic Games

Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016

Vision Impairment – Retinopathy of prematurity
How acquired
Premature birth
Edgecliff, NSW
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning gold at her third Paralympics after winning five silver and one bronze medal at Athens 2004

Greatest sporting moments

100m butterfly at the 2008 Australian Short Course Championships

Heroes/role models

Layne Beachley, Susie O’Neill


  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 50m freestyle Classification: S13
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 100m breaststroke Classification: SB13
  • Discipline: 100m butterfly Classification: S13
  • Discipline: 100m freestyle Classification: S13
  • Discipline: 200m individual medley Classification: SM13

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