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Jessica-Jane Applegate

Jessica-Jane Applegate’s first real taste of success was at the 2011 British International Disability Championships where she found herself gracing the international podium at just 15 years old.

She received a bronze medal for the MC 50m Freestyle and since then, has rarely left a major meet medal-less.

Jessica-Jane Applegate Profile

Date of Birth 22nd August 1996
Born Great Yarmouth
Team/Club City of Norwich
Coach Alex Pinniger
Classification S14, SB14, SM14
Applegate set one of the fastest times in the world over 50m and the 200m Freestyle at the 2011 Wales Winter Open, solidifying her potential as a world class international para-swimmer in the S14 classification.

Her most successful moment to date came at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London where Applegate qualified for both 100m Backstroke and S14 200m Freestyle. She won gold in the latter, becoming the first British S14 swimmer to stand at the top of the Paralympic podium at London 2012.

Her rapid progress continued as she went on to represent Great Britain again in Montreal’s 2013 IPC World Championships, winning gold in the 200m Freestyle. Applegate also won silver in the 200m Individual Medley, and bronze in the 100m Freestyle. She was appointed MBE in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to swimming.

Personal Best

Event Time Year Record
Long Course S14 50m Freestyle 27.79 2013 BR
Long Course S14 100m Freestyle 1:00.78 2013 BR
Long Course S14 200m Freestyle 2:09.88 2013 WR
Long Course S14 400m Freestyle 4:42.86 2013 BR
Long Course S14 800m Freestyle 9:47.29 2014 BR
Long Course S14 50m Backstroke 32.56 2013 BR
Long Course S14 100m Backstroke 1:08.57 2014 BR
Long Course S14 50m Butterfly 30.51 2013 BR
Long Course S14 100m Butterfly 1:10.83 2013  
Long Course SM14 200m Individual Medley 2:32.54 2013  
Short Course S14 50m Freestyle 27.70 2014 BR
Short Course S14 100m Freestyle 59.69 2014 BR
Short Course S14 200m Freestyle 2:09.30 2014 BR
Short Course S14 400m Freestyle 4:37.21 2012 BR
Short Course S14 50m Butterfly 30.78 2012 BR
Short Course S14 100m Butterfly 1:08.99 2012 BR
Short Course SM14 100m Individual Medley 1:10.02 2014 BR
Short Course SM14 200m Individual Medley 2:29.48 2014 BR

International Competitions

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
Paralympic Games 200m Freestyle (S14) 2012 2:12.63 GOLD
  100m Backstroke (S14)   1:09.58 4th
IPC World Championships 200m Freestyle (S14) 2013 2:09.88 GOLD
  100m Backstroke (S14)   1:08.90 BRONZE
  200m Individual Medley (SM14)   2:32.54 SILVER
IPC European Championships 100m Backstroke (S14) 2014 1:08.57 BRONZE

Domestic Events

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
British Championships MC 200m Freestyle 2013 2:11.47 GOLD
  MC 100m Backstroke   1:09.74 BRONZE
  MC 200m Individual Medley   2:34.69 GOLD
  MC 200m Freestyle 2012 2:14.71 GOLD
  MC 100m Backstroke   1:14.12 8th
British Para-Swimming International Meet MC 200m Individual Medley 2014 2:33.39 SILVER
British International Disability Championships MC 200m Freestyle 2013 2:12.21 GOLD
  MC 100m Backstroke   1:09.61 5th
  MC 50m Freestyle 2012 28.61 SILVER
  MC 100m Freestyle   1:02.58 SILVER
  MC 200m Freestyle   2:15.23 GOLD
  MC 50m Freestyle 2011 29.50 BRONZE
  MC 200m Freestyle   2:22.81 5th
  MC 100m Backstroke   1:16.48 10th


Favourite event: 50m Fly

Finest ever performance: Winning GOLD at Paralympics 2012 (S14 200m Free)

Role models: Michael Phelps

My aspirations are: I would like to be a photographer


If I wasn’t a swimmer I would be: Really lazy!

Life after swimming: Be old

Would most like to meet: Michael Phelps

Most prized possession: My dog

Biggest influence on career: Michael Phelps


Sports: Basketball & Swimming

Band/music: Emeli Sande

Food: Pasta

Hobbies: Following NCFC & using Twitter (@jessica_jane96)


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