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14 July 2011

Emma Cattle

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London 2012 Regional Hopeful
Emma Cattle

Specialist Cars are very proud to support local athlete and Paralympic swimmer Emma Cattle. Emma is a promising young athlete with dreams of winning a medal at the London 2012 games. Here’s a little bit more about Emma:

Emma started her swimming career at Team Luton aged 7 & represented the club in various events over the years.  She began competing in Disability Swimming aged 12. Emma holds the following International Classifications: IPC Disability categories S10, SB9 & SM10. The medical diagnosis she has is Cerebral Palsy & is a left sided hemi which means that her left side is much weaker than her right.

Emma was selected for the Disability Swimming World Class Start programme in 2005 and subsequently promoted onto the World Class Pathway Programme in 2006. She moved to Manchester in 2007 to train full time at the High Performance Centre & moved up onto the World Class Podium Programme

Having represented Great Britain since 2006, Emma’s first major championships were the World Championships in South Africa in 2006. This was her international break through year as she also swam for GB at the German & Danish Opens. In 2007, Emma again competed at the German Open & in the Visa Paralympic World Cup in 2007 & 2008. Emma Competed in Paralympics in Beijing 2008 & European Championships in Reykjavik in 2009.

2010 was a tough year due to injury and Emma missed out on qualification for the World Championships by less than 0.5 seconds & unfortunately lost her UK Sport Lottery Funding. She then decided to change her Coach & relocated back to Luton.

In 2011, Emma has qualified for European Championships to be held at the beginning of July & she is currently ranked No 1 in Europe.

Here are some of Emma’s career highlights so far:

International Performance Highlights
  • 2008 Paralympics, Beijing – 6th in Final. Broke European Record in Heats
  • 2009 European Championships, Reykjavik – Silver Medal 100m Backstroke (Broke European Record in Heats)
  • 2009 European Championships, Reykjavik – Bronze Medal 400m Freestyle
  • 2006 World Championships, Durban  - 4th 200m Individual Medley
                        - 5th 100m Butterfly
                        - 6th 100m Backstroke

British Titles / Records
  • 100m Backstroke (both Long Course & Short Course)
  • 50m  Backstroke (both Long Course & Short Course)
Previous European Records Held
  • 100m Backstroke (Long Course) set Beijing 2008
  • 100m Backstroke (Long Course) set Reykjavik 2009
Previous Britsh Records Held
  • 50m Butterfly (British Long Course record) set Coventry 2005
  • 50m Butterfly (British Short Course record) set Sheffield 2005
  • 100m Butterfly (British Long Course record) set Durban, South Africa 2006
  • 200m Butterfly (European Long Course Record) set Coventry 2005
10 quick fire questions we asked Emma:

First sporting success: The first time I was picked to represent my swimming club
Finest sporting moment: Making the Paralympic Final in Beijing 2008 & breaking the European Record in the Heats
Tip for the top: Always work hard & never give in when the going gets tough
Most prized possession: My Mini!!!!
Biggest influence on career: Family and friends
Biggest passion away from swimming: Cooking
3 words that best describe me: committed, determined, quiet
Favourite venue and why: Ponds Forge, Sheffield because it's a fast pool
Tips to relax: Listening to music
Ultimate ambition: To go to the London 2012 Paralympic Games & medal

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