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WILLIAMSON Fran
Sport Para swimming
NPC Great Britain   
GenderWomen
Age33
Place of BirthSunderland, ENG
Height1.70 m
Weight 57 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Classification
S3
Further Personal Information
Residence
Cambridge, ENG
Occupation
Public Speaker
Higher education
Leeds University: Leeds, ENG
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began competitive swimming at secondary school in England, after having been terrified of the water for most of primary school.
Why this sport?
After her first experience of competition she did not want to stop.
Club / Team
Colchester Phoenix: Colchester, ENG
Name of coach
Ed Williams
Coach from which country?
Great Britain
Coach from what year?
2001
Senior International Debut
Year
2001
Competing for
Great Britain
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Stockholm
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Swimming through the pain of a shoulder injury to take the silver medal in the 50m backstroke at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (fran-williamson.co.uk, 04 Feb 2010)
Most influential person in career
Her mother. (britishswimming.org, 04 Feb 2010)
Injuries
She has suffered from a nagging right shoulder injury for much of her career. The injury hampered her greatly in the lead-up to the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing and forced her to miss most of the 2009 season. (fran-williamson.co.uk, 04 Feb 2010)

In 2005 she had surgery to repair tendon damage in her ankle, which ruled her out of competition for nine months. (fran-williamson.co.uk, 04 Feb 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Work hard and you can get whatever you want." (britishswimming.org, 04 Feb 2010)
Impairment
She has athetoid cerebral palsy, which affects her movement, motor skills and speech. (fran-williamson.co.uk, 04 Feb 2010)
Other information
AFRICAN STINT
She moved to Malawi with her family in 1988 and lived there for five years before returning to England. (fran-williamson.co.uk, 04 Feb 2010)

EDUCATION
She studied for a masters degree in disability studies at Leeds University. (NPC Media Guide 2010)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2004 50m Freestyle S3 1:06.57
3 2004 100m Freestyle S3 2:19.06
2 2004 50m Backstroke S3 1:07.20
2 2004 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 3:12.75
3 2008 50m Freestyle S3 1:04.22
2 2008 50m Backstroke S3 1:06.07
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2002 50m Freestyle S3 1:06.71
3 2002 100m Freestyle S3 2:27.02
3 2002 200m Freestyle S3 5:12.95
2 2002 50m Backstroke S3 1:06.89
1 2002 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 3:19.10
2 2006 50m Freestyle S3 1:03.16
4 2006 100m Freestyle S3 2:23.79
2 2006 200m Freestyle S3 4:48.35
1 2006 50m Backstroke S3 1:04.36
1 2006 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 3:14.53
1 2006 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 3:28.97
2 2010 50m Freestyle S3 1:04.60
1 2010 50m Backstroke S3 1:05.38
3 2010 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 3:17.98