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Mary Fisher sets more world records in the pool in New Zealand

Woman. Mary Fisher. Image credit: Blind Foundation is New Zealand

During the  New Zealand Short Course Championships being held at Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre, Kilbirnie  earlier today, Mary Fisher set a world record in the S11  100m individual medley with a time of 1:18.40.  In the women’s S11 50m freestyle, she set a world record time of 31.79 in the heat, before going on to better her own newly established world record in the finals, which she swam in a time of 31.20.  The world records come a day after she set a world record in the  women’s S11 400m freestyle at the same competition.



Fisher was quoted by Parafed Wellington as saying, “It’s really exciting, it’s a PB and the world records are a bonus pretty muc[h]. Tonight I just worked on a couple of technical things in my individual medley and even though it wasn’t as straight, it was a good time so I’m happy with that. In the 50 free we had a lot of para girls swimming which was really exciting and it was cool to go fast in the morning.”


Twenty-one year old Fisher is one of the top New Zealand disability swimmers, and trains up to four hours a day.   At the recently completed Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships in Pasadena, California, she won a gold in the women’s 100m butterfly and a gold in the women’s 50m freestyle.  In London at the Paralympics, she won a gold medal, two silvers and a bronze.   At last year’s world championships, she won five gold medals and a silver.


The Upper Hutt native has aniridia, a condition where she was born without irises in both her eyes, and is currently a student at  Massey University where she studies science.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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