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WILLIAMS Annabelle
Sport Swimming
NPC Australia   
Born21 Jul 1988 in Sydney, AUS
Height1.68 m
Weight 62 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
S9, SB9, SM9
Further Personal Information
Sydney, NSW, AUS
Legal Professional
Higher education
Law, International Relations - Bond University: Gold Coast, QLD, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up competitive swimming after being forced out of athletics due to injury in 2002.
Why this sport?
She has always enjoyed swimming. She used to live in Indonesia, where she would swim to cool off.
Club / Team
Cranbrook Eastern Edge Swim Club: Sydney, NSW, AUS
Name of coach
Yuriy Vdovychenko [national]
Senior International Debut
Competing for
General Interest
Annie (, 13 Jan 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal and sharing the podium with teammate Ellie Cole in the S9 100m butterfly at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (, 13 Jan 2010)
Most influential person in career
Her parents and her former school teacher, Julia Dangar. (, 13 Jan 2010)
Hero / Idol
Australian runners Cathy Freeman and John Landy. (QAS, 10 Nov 2009)
Prior to taking up swimming she suffered a series of stress fractures as a result of competing in athletics. (, 13 Jan 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Victory is what happens when 10,000 hours of hard work meet one moment of opportunity." (, 13 Jan 2010)
Awards and honours
She received a Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] in 2014. (, 26 Jan 2014)

She co-captained the Australian swim team at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (, 24 Aug 2008)

She was named Bond University Sportsperson of the Year of 2007 and was a finalist for the Australian Universities Sportsperson of the Year of 2007. (, 13 Jan 2010)
Other sports
She used to compete in athletics but had to give up the sport because of repeated stress fractures. (, 25 Apr 2012)
She is missing the lower part of her left arm as the result of a congenital limb deficiency. (, 13 Jan 2010)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2008 100m Butterfly S9 1:10.98
4 2008 50m Freestyle S9 29.91
7 2008 100m Freestyle S9 1:05.43
6 2012 50m Freestyle S9 29.76
7 2012 100m Freestyle S9 1:05.73
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
7 2010 100m Butterfly S9 1:15.07
9 2010 100m Freestyle S9 1:07.65
5 2010 50m Freestyle S9 30.07
7 2010 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 5:19.65
Commonwealth Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
3 2006 50m Multi Disability Freestyle 30.25
2 2010 50m Freestyle S9 29.42
4 2010 100m Freestyle S9 1:05.82
4 2010 100m Butterfly S9 1:14.07
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Event Result
2 2009 100m Butterfly S9 1:08.18
3 2009 50m Freestyle S9 28.87
3 2009 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:37.04