Meet the Team - Louise Watkin

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Get to know 2008 Paralympic silver medal winner and 2012 Paralympian Louise Watkin. Read her Tweets, view images, watch her in action and being interviewed, check out Louise in numbers, see how her Paralympic rivals compare, and much more.

Louise Watkin




Stockholm (SWE)


5ft 5in

Training base

City of Salford SC


John Stout

Paralympic History

2008: Silver in S9 100m Freestyle, Bronze in S9 50m Freestyle, SB9 100m Breaststroke, SM9 200m Individual Medley, 5th in S9 400m Freestyle

In Action

S9 50m Freestyle on 5th September
SM9 200m Individual Medley on 6th September
S9 100m Freestyle on 7th September
SB9 100m Breaststroke on 8th September

Did you know?

  • Born without a left hand, Louise competes in the S9 classification. She spent the first four years of her life in Stockholm, Sweden before moving to Surrey with her mother.
  • After competing at the Beijing Paralympics in 2008, she moved from Kelly College in Tavistock to City of Salford Swimming Club where she trains with the able-bodied group and lives with fellow Paralympic swimmer Heather Frederiksen.

Louise's Career

Louise Watkin is the 'Duracell Bunny' of the British team, often competing over five or more events at an international meet, and has racked up an impressive 24 medals from her last five major championships. After starting the ball rolling with a 100m Medley Relay silver at the 2006 World Championships, it was as a 16-year old at the Beijing Paralympics that Watkin burst on to the international scene, winning three bronze medals and a silver. With the shackles well and truly cast off, Watkin has soared to new heights, sealing a total of 19 medals - including nine golds - from the 2009 European Championships, the 2010 World Championships and the 2011 Europeans.

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