Student swims her way to silver in the Paralympics

An immunology student at The University of Manchester has won a Silver in the women's SB5 100m breaststroke at the Paralympics in Tokyo

Grace Harvey, also came 6th in the SM6 individual medley final earlier in the week, and will also be competing in more events over the next few days.

From Ware in Hertfordshire, the swimmer, who has cerebral palsy and began swimming when she was 4, has no function in her lower legs, swimming without a kick and co-ordination difficulties in her upper limbs.

Dr Thomas Nuhse, her academic advisor at the University said: "Grace’s enthusiasm for science and the hard work she has put in alongside her full-on training has been an inspiration.

"All of us here at Manchester are thrilled to watch her compete at the Paralympics and are cheering her on. Go Grace!"

After watching the 2004 and 2008 Paralympic Games, she decided she wanted to compete and joined a club at age nine.

Grace’s enthusiasm for science and the hard work she has put in alongside her full-on training has been an inspiration. All of us here at Manchester are thrilled to watch her compete at the Paralympics and are cheering her on. Go Grace!

The swimmer follows a gruelling training regime: 8 pool sessions - around 16 hours, 3 gym sessions and 2 indoor rowing sessions.

"I wish I had more time to go home and see my family and friends. Swimming doesn’t really leave me much free time - but it’s worth it," she told the University’s My Manchester News last year.

"My belief in the hard work will come out on top. But I also want to do myself and my family proud," added the University of Manchester sports scholar, a scheme which supports high performing athletes.

In her first year of study she was a full-time student and a full-time athlete though in the second year she went part-time and I found the balance to easier.

This year she completed her second half of the second year and in September will be returning full time to finish her third year.


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