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EDWARDS Celyn
Sport Para swimming
NPC New Zealand   
GenderMen
Age20
Place of BirthChristchurch, NZL
Height1.81 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S8, SB8, SM8
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Student
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
His parents were into sports and encouraged him and his brother to start swimming from a young age. Six weeks after his accident, he returned to swimming lessons and began Para swimming competitively in 2013.
Why this sport?
He attended a Para swimming talent identification camp in 2013 and was inspired by New Zealand Para athletes Mary Fisher and Sophie Pascoe. "When I lost my arm I didn't let it change my perception on swimming. I just jumped in the pool, changed a couple of things, and just kept pushing through."
Senior International Debut
Year
2017
Competing for
New Zealand
General Interest
Hobbies
Cycling, reading, playing computer games, skiing. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing fourth in the SM8 200m individual medley at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019; gc2018.com, 08 Apr 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Ben Close, his parents and his brother. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
New Zealand Para alpine skier Steve Bayley. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Personal best, nothing less." (paralympics.org.nz, 01 Sep 2018)
Awards and honours
He was named 2019 Para Swimmer of the Year by Swimming Canterbury West Coast in New Zealand. (odt.co.nz, 23 Oct 2019; Selwyn Swim Club Facebook page, 19 Oct 2019)

He was named 2018 Most Outstanding Young Para Sportsman at the Zonta Sports Awards in New Zealand. (stuff.co.nz, 26 Oct 2018)

He received the Best Overall Athlete and the Athletics Overall Male Award at the 2016 Halberg Junior Disability Games in Cambridge, New Zealand. (parafedcanterbury.co.nz, 01 Sep 2018)

He shared the Best Overall Athlete award with his brother Ieuan and received the Swimming Overall Male Award at the 2015 Halberg Junior Disability Games in Cambridge, New Zealand. (parafedcanterbury.co.nz, 01 Sep 2018)
Famous relatives
His brother Ieuan has also competed in Para swimming at international level. (paralympic.org, 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (star.kiwi, 29 Jan 2019)
Impairment
His arm was amputated as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident in 2006, when he was age five. (paralympics.org.nz, 01 Sep 2018; olympic.org.nz, 01 May 2018; Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
6 2019 100m Backstroke S8 1:12.94
8 2019 100m Butterfly S8 1:09.04
Heats 2019 200m Individual Medley SM8  DSQ
Heats 2019 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:23.50
Commonwealth Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
6 2018 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:25.63
4 2018 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:35.07