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KEARNEY Tully
Sport Para swimming
NPC Great Britain   
GenderWomen
Age21
Place of BirthNottingham, ENG
Height1.70 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Classification
S7, SB6, SM7
Further Personal Information
Residence
Manchester, ENG
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Physiology - Manchester Metropolitan University: England
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age nine.
Why this sport?
"I would go to watch my mum and brother when they used to go swimming and the coach asked me if I wanted to give it a try. I really enjoyed it and I've carried on ever since."
Club / Team
City of Manchester Aquatics Swim Team [COMAST]: England
Name of coach
Rob Aubry [national]
Senior International Debut
Year
2011
Competing for
Great Britain
Location
Berlin, GER
General Interest
Nicknames
Tullstar (rwssc.co.uk, 25 Oct 2011)
Hobbies
Supporting English football club Notts County, baking, sewing. (nottscountyfc.co.uk, 24 May 2016; BBC Sport Youtube Channel, 14 Jun 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning four gold medals at the 2014 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. (bbc.co.uk, 18 Apr 2016)
Most influential person in career
British Para swimmer Ellie Simmonds. (aldridgeresidents.org, 14 Jul 2008)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (rwssc.co.uk, 25 Oct 2011)
Injuries
A progression in her condition combined with a shoulder injury prevented her from competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (skysports.com, 07 Sep 2016; bbc.co.uk, 23 Aug 2016)

An illness affected her performances at the trials for both the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and the 2014 European Championships. (birminghammail.co.uk, 01 Sep 2014)

An injury prevented her from attempting to qualify for the 2012 Paralympic Games. (istudy.hk, 04 Jun 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If I don't train hard today, someone else will." (rwssc.co.uk, 25 Oct 2011)
Awards and honours
She was named England's Amateur Swimming Association [ASA] Para swimming Performance Athlete of the Year in 2015. (swimswam.com, 16 Nov 2015)

She was named the 2015 Para swimming Emerging Athlete of the Year at the British Swimming Awards. (swimswam.com, 03 Oct 2015)

She was named the 2015 Amateur Sportswoman of the Year at the Birmingham Sports Awards in England. (swimming.org, 18 Sep 2015)

She was named the 2014 Junior Sportsperson of the Year at the Birmingham Sports Awards in England. (swimming.org, 22 Sep 2014)
Impairment
She has cerebral palsy and dystonia, a progressive neurological condition that causes muscle weakness. (bbc.co.uk, 31 May 2018; walsalladvertiser.co.uk, 23 Jul 2015)
Other information
CHAMPION CLASSMATE
She grew up in the same village as multiple Paralympic champion Ellie Simmonds, attending the same school and swim club. "When I was younger, Ellie was one of my biggest inspirations. In school assembly she was always there with her medals and I remember looking at her and thinking, 'That's what I want to do when I'm older.'" (bbc.co.uk, 18 Apr 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2013 100m Freestyle S10 1:06.43
3 2013 400m Freestyle S10 4:42.37
Heats 2013 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:52.60
Heats 2013 100m Butterfly S10 1:17.90
8 2013 100m Backstroke S10 1:15.87
2 2015 100m Backstroke S9 1:10.52
5 2015 100m Freestyle S9 1:05.79
3 2015 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:29.83
1 2015 100m Butterfly S9 1:09.04
1 2015 400m Freestyle S9 4:39.29
1 2015 200m Individual Medley SM9 2:31.08
1 2015 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:52.89
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
7 2018 50m Freestyle S6 37.50
5 2018 100m Breaststroke SB4 2:30.49
9 2018 100m Backstroke S6 1:59.53
3 2018 50m Freestyle S5 39.77
1 2018 100m Freestyle S5 1:18.79