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SWOOPES Sheryl
Sport Basketball, Para swimming
NPC Verenigde Staten   
GenderVrouwen
Age50
Place of BirthBrownfield, TX, VS
Height1.83 m
Weight 66 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S7, SB6, SM7
Further Personal Information
Residence
Auckland, NZL
Languages
English
Higher education
Public Relations - Auckland University of Technology [AUT]: New Zealand
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at a young age and entered her first competition at age 12 at the North Shore Swimming Club in Auckland, New Zealand.
Why this sport?
"I love the water. Always have, always will."
Senior International Debut
Year
2007
Competing for
New Zealand
Tournament
Oceania Championships
Location
Darwin, NT, AUS
General Interest
Nicknames
Becs (news.autmillennium.org.nz, 23 Jul 2018)
Hobbies
Watching movies and television series, reading. (news.autmillennium.org.nz, 23 Jul 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the S7 100m backstroke at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (rebeccadubber.com, 24 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
Her coaches. (Athlete, 29 Dec 2010)
Hero / Idol
New Zealander swimmer Liz Coster. (Athlete, 29 Dec 2010)
Injuries
In 2013 she began experiencing problems with her elbows and was diagnosed with Osteochondritis dissecans, a condition that affects joint mobility. She has had two operations on the problem, the second of which was in March 2018. (news.autmillennium.org.nz, 23 Jul 2018)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She listens to music before she competes. (rebeccadubber.com, 24 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The pain of hard work is temporary, The pain of defeat is not." (Athlete, 29 Dec 2010)
Awards and honours
She was named Best Performing Swimmer at the 2009 National Championships in New Zealand. (paralympics.org.nz, 02 Jul 2010)

She was named the 2009 Sportswoman of the Year by Parafed Auckland in New Zealand. (infonews.co.nz, 18 Mar 2010)
Impairment
She was born with lumbar sacral-agenisis, a spinal condition that affected the development of her lower limbs. (variety.org, 22 Feb 2011)
Other information
RETIREMENT
In March 2019 she announced her retirement from competitive sport to focus on her career in communications and her long-term health. "My dream as a 11-year-old was to represent New Zealand at the Paralympics. I look back on my Para swimming career with pride at what I have achieved and triumphed over. I have been working through various injuries throughout my career and after much consideration and soul searching I have decided to move my focus to all of the other wonderful opportunities out there waiting for me." (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 31 Mar 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
5 2012 100m Backstroke S7 1:25.80
Heats 2012 100m Freestyle S7 1:18.30
Heats 2012 50m Freestyle S7 37.20
5 2012 400m Freestyle S7 5:30.05
3 2016 100m Backstroke S7 1:23.85
4 2016 400m Freestyle S7 5:31.53
9 2016 100m Freestyle S7 1:18.85 
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
9 2010 50m Freestyle S7 38.05
3 2010 100m Backstroke S7 1:25.39
9 2010 100m Freestyle S7 1:20.83
6 2015 100m Freestyle S7 1:16.36
2 2015 400m Freestyle S7 5:25.34
2 2015 100m Backstroke S7 1:23.98
6 2015 50m Freestyle S7 36.95
7 2015 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 5:09.48