Rising Paralympic star Rachael Watson proved herself to be a future Paralympic legend, when in Rio, she won gold in the 50m freestyle S4 in a Paralympic record time of 40.14. A huge achievement at her first Paralympic Games, she dedicated the win to her parents for teaching her how to roll with the punches in life.

At the 2016 Australian National Championships, she came within a whisker of the S4 world record for the 100m freestyle, catching the eye of both athletes and coaches of the Australian Paralympic Swimming squad.

She made her international debut just a few months later at the IDM Berlin Open, where she won the women’s 50m freestyle in an S4 Oceania record time of 39.97 – not far behind the world record, Rachael proved she has what it takes to medal at Rio.

Rachael is a triplet, and was diagnosed with spastic diplegic cerebral …

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Date of birth
29 January 1992
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Spastic diplegic cerebral palsy and Guillain-Barré syndrome
How acquired
Manly, QLD
Started competing
First competed for Australia


  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 50m freestyle Classification: S4
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 4x50m freestyle relay Classification: S4
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 50m breaststroke Classification: SB3
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 150m individual medley Classification: SM4

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