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FISHER Mary
Sport Para alpine skiing, Para swimming, Para Triathlon
NPC New Zealand   
GenderWomen
Age27
Place of BirthWellington, NZL
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S11, SB11, SM11
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Psychology - Massey University: Wellington, NZL
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She first raced in a primary school competition at age nine.
Why this sport?
"I was drawn to it because of the freedom I get from being able to do something completely independently. Itís also given me amazing opportunities to go overseas and meet new people."
Senior International Debut
Year
2009
Competing for
New Zealand
Location
Rio de Janeiro, BRA
General Interest
Nicknames
Mez (Athlete, 04 Jan 2011)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning four medals at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (paralympics.org.nz, 2015)
Most influential person in career
Her parents. (Athlete, 04 Jan 2011)
Hero / Idol
US author Helen Keller, New Zealand Paralympic middle distance runner Tim Prendergast. (paralympic.org, 29 May 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The biggest thing is having confidence I can achieve my dreams." (nzherald.co.nz, 31 Dec 2012)
Awards and honours
In 2015 was named the Para-Swimmer of the Year by Swimming New Zealand. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 30 Sep 2015)

She was named the 2015 Swimmer of the Year and Para-Swimmer of the Year by Swimming Wellington in New Zealand. (wellington.swimming.org.nz, 2015)

She was named the 2014 Para-Sportsperson of the Year at the 2015 Halberg Awards in Auckland, New Zealand. (3news.co.nz, 12 Feb 2015)

She received the Attitude ACC Supreme Award at the 2014 Attitude Awards in Auckland. (scoop.co.nz, 04 Dec 2014)

She was named the 2013 Sportsperson of the Year in Wellington. (scoop.co.nz, 04 Dec 2014)

She received the New Zealand Order of Merit for her achievements at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (hawkesbaytoday.co.nz, 31 Dec 2012)
Other sports
She competed at the 2014 Para-Triathlon National Championships in New Zealand. (triathlon.org, 2015)
Impairment
She was born with a condition called aniridia, which means she has no irises in her eyes. She was able to distinguish colours as a child, but her sight has steadily deteriorated. (stuff.co.nz, 24 May 2013; 15 Sep 2012)
Other information
RETIREMENT
She retired from competitive swimming in November 2018. "London [2012 Paralympic Games] epitomised my childhood dream. Support from thousands got me there, especially my family and friends who I thank from the bottom of my heart. The privilege and honour of representing my country for over a decade isn't lost on me." (swimswam.com, 27 Nov 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall) - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
2 2012 100m Freestyle S11 1:09.83
3 2012 50m Freestyle S11 31.67
2 2012 100m Backstroke S11 1:19.62
4 2012 400m Freestyle S11 5:22.09 Q
1 2012 200m Individual Medley SM11 2:46.91
1 2016 100m Backstroke S11 1:17.96
4 2016 400m Freestyle S11 5:28.28 
6 2016 50m Freestyle S11 31.80 
4 2016 100m Freestyle S11 1:09.47
6 2016 200m Individual Medley SM11 2:55.71 
World Championships - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
1 2013 100m Backstroke S11 1:20.31
1 2013 50m Freestyle S11 31.36
2 2013 400m Freestyle S11 5:28.06
1 2013 100m Freestyle S11 1:09.61
1 2013 100m Butterfly S11 1:16.08
1 2013 200m Individual Medley SM11 2:50.25
1 2015 100m Freestyle S11 1:10.30
2 2015 400m Freestyle S11 5:24.81
1 2015 100m Backstroke S11 1:19.77
1 2015 200m Individual Medley SM11 2:52.46
2 2015 50m Freestyle S11 31.78
5 2015 100m Breaststroke SB11 1:38.25