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MCPHERSON Bryall
Sport Para swimming
NPC New Zealand   
GenderWomen
Age32
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S8, SB8, SM8
Further Personal Information
Residence
Auckland, NZL
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Sports and Recreation - Auckland University of Technology [AUT]: New Zealand
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began playing competitive tennis at age eight and practised swimming on the side to maintain her fitness. Following the amputation of her arm, she switched to swimming so that she could compete as an athlete again.
Why this sport?
"I saw an advertisement and decided to ring up. I thought I was too late, but I asked if they would let me try anyway. Three days later they asked me to go for an assessment. I tried running, cycling and swimming, and was chosen for swimming, which was my first choice.''
Club / Team
North Shore Swim Club: New Zealand
Name of coach
Simon Mayne; Roly Crichton
General Interest
Hobbies
Tennis. (newsroom.co.nz, 03 Aug 2018)
Injuries
She was diagnosed with a stress fracture in her back in July 2016. The injury meant she was unable to compete at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Facebook page, 08 Aug 2016; newsroom.co.nz, 03 Aug 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"My motto is to live my life day-by-day, because you just don't know what's around the corner." (newsroom.co.nz, 03 Aug 2018)
Other sports
Before her amputation she hoped to become a professional tennis player and had a scholarship to a university in the United States of America. (nzwomansweekly.co.nz, 23 Aug 2009; theaucklander.co.nz, 06 Aug 2009)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (newsroom.co.nz, 03 Aug 2018)
Impairment
Doctors discovered she had bone cancer after she was taken to hospital with a broken arm. Following four rounds of chemotherapy, doctors told her she would have a 50% chance of the cancer returning if she kept her arm, or a 95% chance the cancer would be cured if they amputated her arm. "To me I only had one option. I wanted to live longer. So in 2009 doctors amputated my arm [above the elbow]." (nzwomansweekly.co.nz, 23 Aug 2009; theaucklander.co.nz, 06 Aug 2009)
Other information
PARALYMPIC DECISION
She was diagnosed with a stress fracture in her back in July 2016, and was offered the chance to have cortisone injections that would have allowed her to compete at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. She decided that rest would be a better option, and took a break from the sport to recover. "All I could think was - all this hard work, all these early mornings in the pool. I could have cortisone injections and have only once chance - at Rio - then my swimming career would be over. Or I could do it the natural way - no injections, let the body heal itself, follow the advice of my doctors and physios, and compete again. I don't believe in quick fixes, or masking the pain. I want longevity in my career." (newsroom.co.nz, 03 Aug 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
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