Meet The Team - Heather Frederiksen

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Get to know 2012 Paralympian Heather Frederiksen. Read her Tweets, view images, watch videos of Heather in action and being interviewed, check how her Paralympic rivals compare, and much more.

Heather Frederiksen






5ft 10in

Training base

City of Salford


John Stout

Paralympic History

2008: Gold in S8 100m Back, silver in S8 100m Free and 400m Free, bronze in SM8 200m IM

In Action

S8 400m Freestyle on 31st August
S8 50m Freestyle on 2nd September
S8 100m Backstroke on 4th September
S8 100m Freestyle on 6th September

Did you know?

  • Heather competes in the S8 classification after an accident in 2004 left her with limited use of her right arm and leg.
  • As an able-bodied swimmer she won the 2004 British 10k Open Water Championship and the 4.5k British Grand Prix on the same day. She was also voted Cosmopolitan Magazine's Ultimate Against All Odds Star in 2008 after her exploits at the Beijing Paralympics.
  • Away from competition, Heather is a fully qualified driving instructor.

Heather's Career

Heather has become one of the marquee names in the British squad after winning a gold (100m Backstroke), two silvers (100m, 400m Freestyle) and a bronze (200m Individual Medley) on her Paralympic debut in 2008. She built on her Beijing success by winning five golds at the 2009 European Championships in Rekjavik. Having added another four golds at last year's Europeans in Berlin, she comes into the Paralympic season as world record holder in the 100m Backstroke and European record holder in her other main events of 100m and 400m Freestyle.

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