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WILLIAMS Annabelle
Sport Swimming
NPC Australia   
GenderWomen
Born21 Jul 1988 in Sydney, AUS
Height1.68 m
Weight 62 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Classification
S9, SB9, SM9
Further Personal Information
Residence
Gold Coast, QLD, AUS
Languages
English
Higher education
Law, International Relations - Bond University: Gold Coast, QLD, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She got into 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 from the hot weather.
Club / Team
Pro-Ma Miami Swimming Club: Gold Coast, QLD, AUS
Name of coach
Dennis Cotterell
General Interest
Nicknames
Annie. (paralympiceducation.org.au, 13 Jan 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze and sharing the podium with teammate Ellie Cole in the S9 100m butterfly at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (paralympic.org.au, 13 Jan 2010)
Most influential person in career
Her parents and her former school teacher, Julia Dangar. (qasport.qld.gov.au, 13 Jan 2010)
Hero / Idol
Cathy Freeman and John Landy. (QAS, 10 Nov 2009)
Injuries
Prior to taking up swimming she suffered a series of stress fractures as a result of competing in athletics. (paralympic.org.au, 13 Jan 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Victory is what happens when ten thousand hours of hard work meet one moment of opportunity." (paralympic.org.au, 13 Jan 2010)
Awards and honours
She co-captained the Australian swim team at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (foxsports.com.au, 24 Aug 2008)

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

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2008 100m Butterfly S9 1:10.98
Commonwealth Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
3 2006 100m Multi Disability Freestyle 30.25
2 2010 50m Freestyle S9 29.42
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