WILLIAMS Annabelle < Back  
Sport Para Swimming
CGA Australia   
Gender Women
Born 21 Jul 1988 in Sydney, AUS
Height1.68 m
Weight 62 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment Limb deficiency
Classification S9, SB9, SM9
Further Personal Information
Residence Sydney, NSW, AUS
Occupation Legal Professional
Languages English
Higher education Law, International Relations - Bond University: Gold Coast, QLD, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She took up competitive swimming after being forced out of athletics due to injury in 2002.
Why this sport? She has always enjoyed swimming. She used to live in Indonesia, where she would swim to cool off.
Club / Team Cranbrook Eastern Edge Swim Club: Sydney, NSW, AUS
Name of coach Yuriy Vdovychenko [national]
International Debut
Year 2006
Competing for Australia
General Interest
Nicknames Annie (paralympiceducation.org.au, 13 Jan 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning a bronze medal and sharing the podium with teammate Ellie Cole in the S9 100m butterfly at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (paralympic.org.au, 13 Jan 2010)
Most influential person in career Her parents and her former school teacher, Julia Dangar. (qasport.qld.gov.au, 13 Jan 2010)
Hero / Idol Australian runners Cathy Freeman and John Landy. (QAS, 10 Nov 2009)
Injuries Prior to taking up swimming she suffered a series of stress fractures as a result of competing in athletics. (paralympic.org.au, 13 Jan 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Victory is what happens when 10,000 hours of hard work meet one moment of opportunity." (paralympic.org.au, 13 Jan 2010)
Awards and honours She received a Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] in 2014. (dailytelegraph.com.au, 26 Jan 2014)

She co-captained the Australian swim team at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (foxsports.com.au, 24 Aug 2008)

She was named Bond University Sportsperson of the Year of 2007 and was a finalist for the Australian Universities Sportsperson of the Year of 2007. (paralympic.org.au, 13 Jan 2010)
Other sports She used to compete in athletics but had to give up the sport because of repeated stress fractures. (paralympicchallenge.gov.au, 25 Apr 2012)
Impairment She is missing the lower part of her left arm as the result of a congenital limb deficiency. (paralympic.org.au, 13 Jan 2010)