Steph Slater was a talented able-bodied age group swimmer and won her first British Championship medal with 50m Breaststroke silver at the 2010 Champs in Manchester.
After suffering nerve damage to her brachial plexus in 2011, she lost strength in her left arm and eventually lost use of it completely.
She returned to the water in November 2012 with the aim of reaching the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and made waves during her first full season as a Para-Swimmer breaking European records over S8 100m Butterfly and SM8 200m Individual Medley.
At her first IPC World Championships in Montreal in 2013, Slater won silver in both the S8 100m Fly and SM8 200m IM and experienced the top of the international podium for the first time as she claimed 34pt 4x100m Medley Relay gold with her British teammates.
She became one of the stars of international Para-Swimming in 2014, winning S8 100m Freestyle silver for England at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games then landing seven golds on her IPC European Championships debut in Eindhoven, breaking her first world record in the S8 100m Butterfly in the process.