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Hutt swimmer aims for a medal in Turkey

Mar 31st, 2011 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

PARTIALLY-sighted swimmer Mary Fisher is hoping for a medal when she competes at the International Blind Sports Association World Championships in Turkey next week.

“Although it is going to be a challenge and tough, a medal would be great,” she said.

Fisher (18), who lives in Silverstream, pictured right, suffers from the eye condition Anaridia, which severely reduces her vision.

She has given herself plenty of opportunities to receive a medal as she is completing in seven swimming events, though her main focuses will be the 100m butterfly and 100m backstroke.

“The competition is going to be tense, but also a great experience,” she says.

Fisher is committed to achieving her goal of attending her first Paralympics in London next year.

So much so that she left the convenience of Upper Hutt Swim Club to train with Capital Swim Club out of Kilbirnie Pool.

“As much as I enjoy training locally, for me to get better at swimming and to qualify for more competitions it was necessary to change clubs.”

As well as swimming nine hours a week with the club, her other training of 90 minutes per week includes skipping and running.

The most recent international competition Fisher took part in was the IPC World Short Course Championships in 2009, gaining bronze in the 100m backstroke and 100m butterfly.

For the past five years Fisher has been awarded the Wellington College Athlete with a Disability (female) award.

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