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Sport Para swimming
NPC Sweden   
GenderWomen
Age26
Place of BirthHammarö, SWE
Height1.64 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S9, SB8, SM9
Further Personal Information
Residence
Karlstad, SWE
Occupation
Student
Languages
English, Swedish
Higher education
Nursing - Karlstad University: Sweden
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age 11.
Why this sport?
She tried a number of sports during her youth but always suffered sore feet afterwards. She then took up swimming and found there was no pain from her feet, so she continued. "When I jumped into the water it was a completely different feeling. I didn't have the physical limitations I had on land. I felt very free at once."
Club / Team
Sodertalje SS: Sweden
Senior International Debut
Year
2010
Competing for
Sweden
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Eindhoven, NED
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing in the final of the S10 50m freestyle at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
Swedish Para swimmer Jennie Ekstrom. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
Swedish Para swimmer Jennie Ekstrom. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Injuries
She was bothered by a foot injury in February 2016. (vf.se, 19 Feb 2016)

In 2012 she had glandular fever and needed to have her tonsils removed. A setback in her recovery caused her to miss the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (hammaronytt.se, 23 Mar 2015; nwt.se, 26 Jun 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"All the scars have created who you are and I think there is tremendous power and pride in it." (paralympics.se, 17 Apr 2019)
Impairment
She was born without a fibula bone in her right leg. In December 2016 the limb was amputated below the knee. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018; nwt.se, 02 Mar 2017)
Other information
PARA CANOE
Following the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, she chose to take up Para canoe alongside Para swimming. "I will continue to swim, but will in the future also focus on canoeing. My ambition is to compete in both. They are two sports that complement each other well." (Instagram profile, 05 Sep 2021; svt.se, 04 Sep 2021)

AMPUTATION
Born without the fibula bone in her right leg, she did not have the limb amputated until she was age 20. Having competed at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, she made the decision to undergo surgery in December of that year after her foot became increasingly painful. "I was in pain virtually all the time. I knew we had to do something about the problem, and after consultation with the doctor during the autumn, I decided to remove the lower leg. I thought about the complications I might encounter, not least phantom pains. I also had no idea how I would react on a psychological level, as the injured foot has been a big part of my identity for so much of my life. No matter what I did, it would be tough." (nwt.se, 02 Mar 2017)

HOSPITAL PLACEMENTS
As a nursing student she undertook internships at the Central Hospital in Karlstad, Sweden. "I spent a lot of time in children's departments, both in Karlstad and Gothenburg as a child because of my leg. The nurses became my friends and therefore I had no problems visiting hospitals as a child, I felt safe." (kau.se, 19 Jun 2019)

FURTHER STUDIES
She has also studied communications and public relations at Karlstad University in Sweden. (kau.se, 06 Jul 2021)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
8 2016 50m Freestyle S10 29.69
10 2016 100m Backstroke S10 1:13.27 
11 2016 100m Butterfly S10 1:14.50 
14 2016 100m Freestyle S10 1:05.74 
Heats 2016 400m Freestyle S10 4:57.62
13 2021 400m Freestyle S9 5:11.19
7 2021 100m Backstroke S9 1:14.86
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
15 2010 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:54.83
17 2010 100m Freestyle S10 1:09.12
13 2010 50m Freestyle S10 31.66
12 2010 100m Backstroke S10 1:20.65
7 2013 200m Individual Medley SM9 2:48.51
Heats 2013 100m Butterfly S10 1:19.02
Heats 2013 100m Backstroke S10 1:16.55
Heats 2013 50m Freestyle S10 30.32
Heats 2015 50m Freestyle S10 29.79
Heats 2015 100m Backstroke S10 1:13.01
Heats 2015 100m Butterfly S10 1:18.29
Heats 2015 100m Freestyle S10 1:04.87
Heats 2019 100m Freestyle S9 1:08.13
5 2019 100m Backstroke S9 1:14.02
8 2019 50m Freestyle S9 31.09
7 2022 100m Backstroke S9 1:16.22
11 2022 50m Freestyle S9 31.36
European Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
8 2014 50m Freestyle S10 30.05
Heat 2014 100m Butterfly S10 1:18.18
6 2014 200m Individual Medley SM9 2:45.69
7 2014 100m Backstroke S10 1:14.97
Heat 2014 100m Freestyle S10 1:06.54
6 2016 400m Freestyle S10 4:54.22
8 2016 100m Freestyle S10 1:05.41
6 2016 50m Freestyle S10 29.72
7 2016 100m Butterfly S10 1:12.76
5 2016 100m Backstroke S10 1:13.62
6 2018 100m Freestyle S9 1:09.23
7 2018 100m Butterfly S9 1:19.11
2 2018 100m Backstroke S9 1:14.27
4 2018 50m Freestyle S9 30.86
  2021 100m Butterfly S9  DNS
7 2021 100m Freestyle S9 1:08.31
2 2021 100m Backstroke S9 1:13.96
6 2021 50m Freestyle S9 31.21
5 2021 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 5:22.96