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Stephanie Slater

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.

Steph Slater Profile

Date of Birth 7th February 1991
Born Preston
Team/Club National Performance Centre / Preston SC
Coach Graeme Smith
Classification S8, SB8, SM8
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.

Personal Best

Event Time Year Record
Long Course S8 50m Freestyle 30.87 2014 ER
Long Course S8 100m Freestyle 1:05.73 2014 ER
Long Course S8 100m Backstroke 1:17.42 2014  
Long Course SB8 100m Breaststroke 1:24.92 2013  
Long Course S8 50m Butterfly 32.79 2013 BR
Long Course S8 100m Butterfly 1:10.12 2013 ER
Long Course SM8 200m Individual Medley 2:40.73 2013 ER

International Competitions

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
IPC World Championships 100m Breaststroke (SB8) 2013 1:26.34 5th
  100m Butterfly (S8)   1:10.12 SILVER
  200m Individual Medley (SM8)   2:40.73 SILVER
  4x100m Medley Relay (34pt)   4:46.21 GOLD
IPC European Championships 100m Backstroke (S8) 2014 1:17.42 GOLD
Commonwealth Games 100m Freestyle (S8) 2014 1:05.73 SILVER

Domestic Events

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
British Championships S8 100m Freestyle 2014 1:07.20 GOLD
  MC 50m Freestyle 2013 31.22 GOLD
  MC 100m Breaststroke   1:24.99 4th
  50m Breaststroke 2010 31.93 SILVER
  100m Breaststroke   1:11.05 7th
  200m Breaststroke   2:40.00 23rd
  100m Breaststroke 2009 1:11.10 4th
  200m Breaststroke   2:36.52 14th
  100m Breaststroke 2008 1:12.55 15th
  50m Breaststroke 2007 34.23 13th
  100m Breaststroke   1:13.93 17th
  50m Breaststroke 2006 34.88 22nd
British Para-Swimming International Meet MC 50m Freestyle 2014 30.87 SILVER
  MC 100m Freestyle   1:07.33 SILVER
  MC 200m Individual Medley   2:43.77 7th
British International Disability Championships MC 100m Butterfly 2013 1:11.03 GOLD

In The Pool

Favourite event: 100m Fly and 200m IM

Finest ever performance: Breaking my first ever European and British Record in the 100m Fly at my first major Disability Event 2013.

Role models: Natalie Du Toit and Jessica Ennis

My aspirations are: To compete at the European and World Championships and Rio 2016.

Out Of The Pool

If I wasn’t a swimmer I would be: A Paediatric Nurse

Tip for the top: Work hard, believe in yourself and always give 100% effort in everything you do with a smile.

Life after swimming: A career working with children in the health profession.

Most prized possession: My Memories Photo Album

Biggest influence on career: My Family (Mum, Dad +Brother) + My Coach.


Sports: I love watching Gymnastics and Athletics.

Band/music:  Various – Big fan of musicals.

Food: Pasta, Chicken and Milky bar.

Hobbies: I teach swimming to disabled children, socialising with my friends and shopping.


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