Amy Marren

4 x World Champion 2013,
British Para Swimmer

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Amy Marren is a disabled swimmer, she was born with her right hand missing at the level of her wrist. She has swam since she was 4 years old, and has attained things in her swimming life that only we as parents could ever dream of.

Amy has never complained about her disability nor has she though herself different from anyone else. She now holds 3 British records, and was selected for Paralympic team GBR for London 2012. Amys aim was Rio, and anything before that was to be a bonus.

Amy attends hall mead academy in Upminster, and the school, her teachers, and her friends are just so proud of what she has achieved.

Amy swims at Romford town swim club, under the head coach Gary Rogers.

As well as all her swimming Amy still finds time to serve the community, and give back where she can, she has been nominated and awarded for several awards in the last 12 months

Amy is now a patron for the Danny Gren fund – a fund set up in memory of a 11 year old boy who sadly passed away from a brain tumor. Amy will encourage awareness of this fund by acting as patron

Amy is the inclusive and active champion for sport, recruited by culture and leisure. Amy will attended several different sporting challenges around Havering to encourage participation into sport. This is a new challenge for Amy, and one that she holds close to her heart being a Havering school girl

Amy is also an ambassador for greenhouse swim club, that encourages children both able bodied and disabled to participate in the sport. Amy attends regular sessions with the children, helping them to be water confident. Amy travels as far as Hammersmith to see the swimmers, and never fails to bring a smile to their face

Amy was awarded sky sports and Sunday times disability sports woman of the year at the beginning of December 2013 (Dec 2013)

Amy was nominated for the sports personality of the year, and made the final 10 (Dec 2013)

Was awarded Belfour Beatty breakthrough award – first time this has ever been awarded (sept 2013)

Was awarded the bespoke bill Jubba award at national champs in July 2013, first time ever this has been awarded to a para swimmer, and the first time ever for an Essex para swimmer. Amy was awarded this for her points accumulated over the racing period of 5 days. She managed to beat all able bodied swimmers in the process. (July 2013)

Was awarded the prestigious higgs shield by the Essex asa for her swimming at open natls (July 2013) worlds, and her performance over the last 12 months (Nov 2013 August/sept 2012)
Went to Paralympic games London
Amy came 4th in the 400m freestyle final
Came 5th in 100m backstroke final

Significant results / achievements

December 2012
Attended London winter meet, took 9 gold’s and set new British record for the 4oom im (short course)

December 2012 – went to Dubai for 2 weeks warm weather training camp

February 2013 – attended Essex counties and broke her own 200m sc backstroke record

March 2013 – attended dse nationals meet in Sheffield, took 8 gold’s, 2 bronze in the relays, and also broke the sc 200m im records both British and European.
Also took top girl for her age group 14/16 years, and also highest points scorer

March 2013 – attended the British gas international meet in Leeds – made all new times on her swims, and made finals. Took 2 bronze medals, and broke the lc 200m im records both British and European (as above)

August 2013
Amy went to Montreal in Canada, to represent GBR in the ipc world swimming championships.

Amy took gold in the following

200m im

100m fly

4x100m 4x100m free style

4x100m 4×100 individual medley – this time was a new world record

Amy also took silver in

100m freestyle

100m backstroke

November 2013

Amy went to Sao Paulo in Brazil to represent GBR in the Brazilian school games, and took a clean sweep of 6 gold medals

Amy now focuses on commonwealths next year, as well as Europeans. Amy is going from strength to strength, and shows that disability really doesn’t matter

Event Time Year Record
Long Course S9 800m Freestyle 9:52.72 2013 BRITISH RECORD
Long Course S9 100m Butterfly 1:10.07 2013 BRITISH RECORD
Long Course SM9 200m Individual Medley 2:32.74 2013 BRITISH & EUROPEAN RECORD
Long Course SM9 400m Individual Medley 5:25.75 2013 BRITISH RECORD
Short Course S9 200m Freestyle 2:16.65 2013 BRITISH RECORD
Short Course S9 200m Backstroke 2:30.34 2013 BRITISH RECORD
Short Course SM9 200m Individual Medley 2:32.50 2013 BRITISH & EUROPEAN RECORD
Short Course SM9 400m Ind medley 5:22.20 2013 BRITISH RECORD