Bethany Firth

"I feel like sport has opened so many doors for me. I’m delighted to be a My Sport, My Voice! Ambassador so that I can share my story and help inspire people to achieve their dreams. I also want to help people get a better understanding of people with learning disability."

Sport: Swimming

Represents: British Para-Swimming and Northern Ireland

Date of Birth: 14 Feb 1996

Based: Ards, Northern Ireland

Personal Best: Gold medallist at London 2012 Paralympic Games

Bethany won gold in 100m backstroke in the S14 category at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and World and European silver medals competing for Ireland before choosing to swim for Great Britain at the end of the 2013 season.

She has held World Records in 100m Backstroke, 100m Breaststroke, and 200m Individual Medley as well as a British Record in 200m Freestyle.

Such is Bethany’s prowess, she represented Northern Ireland in mainstream events at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

She was unable to compete at the IPC World Championship in 2015 due to breaking her wrist in training. However, after recovering from injury, she is back on track and hotly tipped to add to her medal collection at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.