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Gemma Almond

Welcome to Gemma Almond’s profile page

Personal Data

Date Of Birth: 14th April 1993

Born: Shrewsbury

Height: 4ft 11in

Weight: 62kg

Team/Club: Swansea HPC

Coach: Billy Pye

Personal Best

Event TIme Year Record
Long Course 100m Freestyle 1:05.54 2011  
Long Course 400m Freestyle 4:54.10 2011  
Long Course 100m Breaststroke 1:26.00 2012  
Long Course 100m Butterfly 1:10.53 2013 BR
Long Course 200m Individual Medley 2:37.90 2012 BR


International Competitions

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
Paralympic Games 100m Freestyle (S10) 2012 1:07.40 13th
  400m Freestyle (S10)   5:07.43 11th
  100m Butterfly (S10)   1:13.24 8th
  200m Individual Medley (SM10)   2:42.16 8th
European Championships 100m Freestyle (S10) 2011 1:05.54 4th
  400m Freestyle (S10)   4:54.10 4th
  100m Butterfly (S10)   1:13.46 5th
  200m Individual Medley (SM10)   2:42.12 BRONZE


Domestic Events

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
British Championships 100m Butterfly 2013 1:10.72 BRONZE
  200m Individual Medley   2:40.83 8th
  100m Freestyle 2012 1:06.83 12th
  400m Freestyle   4:57.16 7th
  100m Breaststroke   1:26.00 12th
  100m Butterfly   1:13.89 BRONZE
  200m Individual Medley   2:37.90 4th
  400m Freestyle 2011 5:03.76 5th
  100m Butterfly   1:16.53 4th
  200m Individual Medley   2:48.22 9th
  400m Freestyle 2010 5:13.64 4th
  200m Individual Medley   2:51.76 5th
  100m Breaststroke 2009 1:32.20 7th
  100m Breaststroke 2008 1:35.19 11th
British International Disability Championships 100m Butterfly 2013 1:11.09 BRONZE


In The Pool

Finest performance and why: I have two. Firstly winning the bronze medal at the IPC European championships last year in the 200m Individual Medley because it was my first major medal. Secondly, qualifying for London 2012 this year at the London Aquatics Centre in March as I achieved my dream and broke the British record.

Favourite event: 200m Individual Medley.

International senior debut: IPC European Championships in Berlin 2011.

Who is your toughest opponent: I don’t have just one; I see every competitor as a tough opponent who I should challenge myself against.

Best venue: My favourite pool is the one in Berlin because I have swam there three times and always done well.

OuT OF THE POOL

Superstitions: No not really but I always have to have my nails painted before I race.

Favourite way to relax: Just socialising with friends and family, listening to music or sleeping!

Hobbies: I used to play two instruments but don’t have as much time for anything away from university outside of resting and training.

What’s the best thing you cook: I’ve learnt to cook most things and my cooking skills have increased hugely since being at university. I make sauces and most things from scratch particularly spaghetti bolognese and stir fry.

Who would you most like to meet: J.K. Rowling.

What are your must watch TV programmes: I always preferred films but some of my university flat mates got me into the final season of One Tree Hill this year. I also enjoy shows like Britain’s Got Talent.

Ideal holiday destination: Anywhere that has places to relax but also a lot to see or do, somewhere cultured. Ideally in the future, when I have the time or retire from swimming I want to do a travelling holiday and visit everywhere!

 

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