Susie Rodgers

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Susie Rodgers
MBE
Personal information
Full name Susannah Elizabeth Joy Rodgers[1]
Nationality British (English)
Born (1983-08-09) 9 August 1983 (age 34)
Stockton-on-Tees, England
Website www.susannahrodgers.com
Sport
Sport Swimming

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.

Personal life[edit]

Rodgers was born on 9 August 1983 in Stockton-on-Tees, England.[2][3] She was born without a fully formed arm or leg on the left side of her body.[4]

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.[2] She combines her swimming career with a job as a Project Officer for the British Council.[5]

Swimming[edit]

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.[2]

Her first appearance at an international event came at the 2011 IPC European Championships held in Berlin, Germany.[5] At the meet Rodgers won six medals, five gold and one silver.[2][5][6] She won individual gold in the 400 metres freestyle, in a new European record time,[7] and relay gold in the 34pt 4×100 m freestyle alongside Louise Watkin, Lauren Steadman and Claire Cashmore.[8] 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.[9] She won her fourth gold medal by setting a new European record time of 36.74 seconds in the 50 metres butterfly,[10] and followed it with her fifth in the 100 metres freestyle. She also won a silver medal in the 50 metres freestyle.[2]

She was selected to compete for Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, United Kingdom, as part of a 44-swimmer squad.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13][14] She also achieved finishes of fourth in the butterfly and sixth in the backstroke.[15][16]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Year's Honours list 2017" (PDF). Gov.uk. Government Digital Service. 30 December 2016. p. 81. Retrieved 31 December 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Susie Rodgers". British Paralympic Association. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Susie Rodgers". The Telegraph. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Paralympics 2012: Six swimmers to watch in London". BBC Sport. 26 August 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "2012 Paralympic stars". BBC Sport. 9 September 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  6. ^ Scott-Elliot, Robin (30 August 2012). "Team GB target one medal every hour at the Paralympic Games". The Independent. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Great Britain win five gold medals in Berlin". BBC Sport. 3 July 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Sam Hynd wins European gold for Britain in Berlin". BBC Sport. 5 July 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "GB trio add to gold tally at IPC European Championships". BBC Sport. 7 July 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "Paralympic hopeful Rodgers adds to gold medal run". BBC Sport. 8 July 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "London 2012: Paralympic veteran Jim Anderson gets sixth call". BBC Sport. 29 May 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  12. ^ "Susannah Rodgers". The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  13. ^ Power, Lee (7 September 2007). "Rodgers completes medal hat-trick". Norwich Evening News. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  14. ^ "Paralympics 2012: Great Britain athletes on Day Eight". BBC Sport. 6 September 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  15. ^ "Paralympics 2012: Great Britain athletes on Day Two". BBC Sport. 1 September 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  16. ^ Scott-Elliot, Robin (31 August 2012). "Russell, 16, finds inspiration from 'gutsy' Adlington to win 400m silver". The Independent. Retrieved 12 September 2012.