GBR Para-Swimmer Steph Slater broke a world record for the first time and won an incredible seven golds at her IPC Swimming European Champs debut earlier this year.
The 23-year-old Preston born swimmer was a talented able-bodied age group swimmer but after suffering nerve damage (brachial plexus) in 2011 she lost the use of her left arm.
Her Para-Swimming career so far has been full of British and International gold and silver medals including Commonwealth silver at Glasgow 2014. Her road to Rio is definitely well underway!
Describe a typical day.
30 minute pre-pool at 7.00am followed by a two hour session in the pool 7.30am-9.30am, then gym 9.30-10.30pm. Back to the pool for 4.00pm for pre-pool and then a two hour session 4.30-6.30pm.
When did you learn to swim?
I learnt to swim when I was three years old.
What is your greatest swimming achievement so far?
As an able bodied swimmer it was winning gold in 100m Breaststroke and silver in 50m Breaststroke at the Nationals in 2009. As a Para-Swimmer it is qualifying for the Commonwealth Games [where Steph won silver in the S8 100m Freestyle].
What is your best moment in swimming?
Winning my first National title as an able bodied swimmer and breaking the European record for the first time. As a Para-Swimmer it is making my first World Championships.
And your worst swimming moment?
Being told I would never swim again.
What was your first overseas or international event?
My first international competition as an able bodied swimmer was in 2009 at the Tri-Nations Cup, and my first international event as a Para-Swimmer was at the World Championships in 2013.
What are your sporting ambitions?
To compete at Rio 2016.
Do you have any brothers or sisters?
I have an older brother called Scott.
Is he involved in swimming or any other aquatic sports?
He used to swim until he started work at 16. He also taught swimming as a volunteer for Preston Swimming Club.
Do you have any hobbies apart from swimming?
Shopping and going out for meals with friends.
What music, singers or bands do you like?
Various bands but I'm also a big fan of musicals.
What was the last film you saw?
What was the last book you read?
Damaged by Cathy Glass.
What are your favourite food and drink?
Chicken and Pasta, and Vimto.
Your favourite colour?
What is your favourite holiday destination?
Do you come from a sporting family?
My Mum and Dad have always been sporty and both like to keep fit and do a lot of walking. My Mum was good at athletics at school but never got the chance to take it any further. She also played netball.
What makes you so good at your sport?
I am 100% committed in everything I do in training. I take each setback as a challenge to overcome which has made me a stronger person.
What is your star sign?
What was your favourite subject at school?
PE and ICT.
What would be your ideal job or career apart from swimming?
Working with children in a health/sport setting.
What is your ultimate relaxation?
Watching a film or listening to music in bed.
Any advice to young up-and-coming athletes?
Work hard, believe in yourself and always give 100% effort in everything you do with a smile. Remember to always follow your dreams.