|Full name||Susannah Elizabeth Joy Rodgers|
9 August 1983 |
Susannah Elizabeth Joy "Susie" Rodgers, MBE (born 9 August 1983) is a British Paralympic swimmer. She competes in S7 classification events and won three bronze medals at the 2012 Summer Paralympics and a gold at the 2016 Summer Paralympics.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in modern languages from the University of Newcastle, and is able to speak Catalan, French, German, Italian and Spanish. She combines her swimming career with a job as a Project Officer for the British Council.
Rodgers first learned to swim when living in Egypt as a child but did not take up competitive swimming until she was inspired by watching the British team at the 2008 Summer Paralympics. She competes in the S7 Paralympic classification for swimmers with a physical impairment.
Her first appearance at an international event came at the 2011 IPC European Championships held in Berlin, Germany. At the meet Rodgers won six medals, five gold and one silver. She won individual gold in the 400 metres freestyle, in a new European record time, and relay gold in the 34pt 4×100 m freestyle alongside Louise Watkin, Lauren Steadman and Claire Cashmore. Her second individual gold medal came in the 100 metres backstroke as she set a time of 1:26.09, a new British record, to beat German world record holder Kirsten Bruhn into second place. She won her fourth gold medal by setting a new European record time of 36.74 seconds in the 50 metres butterfly, and followed it with her fifth in the 100 metres freestyle. She also won a silver medal in the 50 metres freestyle.
She was selected to compete for Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, United Kingdom, as part of a 44-swimmer squad. At the Games she competed in the 50, 100 and 400 freestyle, the 50 meters butterfly, the 100 metres backstroke and the 4×100 m freestyle relay. Rodgers won bronze medals in the 100 metres freestyle and the relay, alongside Cashmore, Watkin and Stephanie Millward. She completed a hat trick of bronze medals by finishing third in the 400 metres freestyle, setting new European records in both the heats and the final, to win Great Britain's one hundredth medal of the Games. She also achieved finishes of fourth in the butterfly and sixth in the backstroke.
In 2013 Rodgers was selected to represent Great Britain again, this time at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal. In her three individual freestyle events; the 50 m S7, 100 m S7 and the 400 m S7 she was beaten into silver on each occasion by American Cortney Jordan. In her only butterfly event, the 50 m S7, she again took second place, this time losing the top podium place to Canada's Brianna Nelson. Rodgers left Canada with one more medal, taking the gold in the 4x100 m freestyle relay (34 points) alongside Stephanie Millward, Claire Cashmore and Amy Marren. The second and third places in the 100m relay went to Canada and the USA, those teams contained both Nelson and Jordan.
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