Meet the Team - Natalie Massey
Get to know first-time Paralympian swimmer Natalie Massey. Read her Tweets, view images, watch her in action and being interviewed, check out Natalie in numbers, see how her Paralympic rivals compare, and much more.
S14 100m Backstroke on 31st August
S14 200m Freestyle on 2nd September
SB14 100m Breaststroke on 6th September
Did you know?
- Natalie comes from a sporting background: her mother Sheila was part of a team that swam the English Channel and used to train with Sharron Davies; her brother Jon used to swim, training alongside Natalie at Stockport Metro and also competing in Judo at national level.
- Natalie has swum under father and British Disability Swimming coach, Mick Massey, since she was 12 years old. She believes him to be the greatest influence on her career.
- The S14 category Natalie swims in was banned at the Athens and Beijing Paralympics. Natalie will be therefore making her Paralympic debut in London.
At the IPC European Championships 2011 in Berlin, Natalie truly shone, taking home silver in S14 200m freestyle and bronze in S14 100m backstroke, both of which she will be competing in at the London Paralympics. However, Natalie is no stranger to success on the world stage, having bagged bronze in S14 200m freestyle at the IPC World Championships the previous year. Not only has she finished within top 2 for this event at the last two consecutive British Gas Championships, Natalie touched gold at the British Gas Championships 2011 and British International Disability Championships 2011 in S14 100m breaststroke and S14 400m freestyle respectively. Natalie qualified for her first Paralympics at the British Gas Championships in March, after taking silver in the S14 200m freestyle, with a tally of 960 points and a time of 2.16.38.