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BENN Gabriella
Sport Para swimming
NPC New Zealand   
GenderWomen
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S9, SB8, SM9
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Student
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming in 2012, and started competing at age 11.
Why this sport?
She took up the sport to maintain her fitness while she was having chemotherapy.
Club / Team
Waitaha Swim Club : Christchurch, NZL
Name of coach
Sophie Pascoe [personal], NZL
Training Regime
She trains in the pool five days a week, and also has two session in the gym.
General Interest
Nicknames
Ella (swimswam.com, 07 Mar 2019)
Hobbies
Skiing, water skiing, kneeboarding. (givealittle.co.nz, 01 Nov 2017)
Hero / Idol
New Zealander Para swimmer Sophie Pascoe. (star.kiwi, 21 Jan 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2019 she received an International Sports Promotion Society [ISPS] Handa Talent Scholarships. The honour is given to young people with an impairment with the intention of helping them compete at international sporting events. (swimswam.com, 07 Mar 2019)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the Paralympic Games. (star.kiwi, 21 Jan 2019)
Impairment
In October 2013 she was diagnosed with a form of cancer called osteosarcoma in her left leg. She began chemotherapy a few weeks later but the limb had to be amputated the following year. She also had tumours removed from her lungs in 2015 and 2017. (star.kiwi, 21 Jan 2019; givealittle.co.nz, 01 Nov 2017)
Other information
ENGLAND TO NEW ZEALAND
She moved from England to New Zealand with her family in 2012. (swimswam.com, 07 Mar 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
There are no major results available for this athlete.