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Paralympic gold medallist Sapiro back in action at nationals
- Updated: April 13, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
Monday sees two-time Paralympian Shireen Sapiro getting ready for the national swimming championships in Durban after a lengthy break from competitive action.
Last week marked the 11th anniversary of the life-changing boating accident which saw her almost sliced in half by a boat’s propeller.
Now 24 years old, she won gold in the 100-metre (S10 category) backstroke at the 2008 Paralympics. She followed that up with bronze in the same event at the London Olympics three years ago.
However, even then she said she was having problems with her left shoulder and would need surgery to fix it up
She took the plunge and has had two operations on the troublesome shoulder and this week sees her back in action.
‘I’ve had two operations since London, one in September 2013 and another in June 2014, both of them rotator cuff related,’ she told Road to Rio 2016.
‘I haven’t raced in over 20 months and also didn’t train for almost 15 months so I’ve only been back in the swing of things since January. I know I left it very long before having the op but at least it’s now fixed which is great. It’s all very nerve-wracking but still extremely exciting.’
Formerly from Johannesburg, she’s now based in Durban and trains at Seagulls under the watchful eye of national coach Graham Hill. I absolutely love Durban and don’t think I could ever go back to living in Johannesburg … I love the beach way too much.’
Sapiro will be in action in both the 50 and 100m backstroke events at national championships.