Harriet Lee

Harriet is a Paralympic Swimmer and has been competing since 2002, aged just 11. She has Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome meaning the left side of her body is shorter than her right. Her favourite event is the 100m Breaststroke SB9.

Harriet first represented Great Britain in 2010 at the World Championships in Holland where she won silver in the women’s 4×100 individual medley 34 point relay and gold in the 100m Breaststroke SB9. Although selected, Harriet missed out on competing at the European Championships in 2011 through illness. In the 2012 British Championships in London, she won gold in the 100m Breaststroke SB9 competition.

Harriet’s success in 2012 continued when she won a Bronze Medal in the 100m SB9 Breaststroke at the London Paralympic Games; breaking the European record in the heats with a time of 1min 19.44secs. This was a huge achievement as only 4 months before the event Harriet had been in intensive care in hospital, fighting for her life.  Not only coming away with a Bronze medal, she also had the honour of meeting Prince Harry, who congratulated her on her Paralympic success.

Harriet continued her success off the back of her Paralympic Bronze Medal getting selected for the IPC World Championships in August 2013. Here she bettered the bronze she won at the London Paralympics by clocking a British record of 1:18.88 to beat Paralympic champion Khrystyna Yurchenko into second by 0.01s in the SB9 100m breaststroke.

Unfortunately due to illness, despite having secured the qualifying time for the Commonwealth Games a week after it was due, Harriet was not selected as part of the team for Glasgow 2014. She instead set her sights firmly on the IPC World Championships and ultimately Rio 2016, where she secured a Silver Medal in the SB9 100m Breaststroke with a time of 1:16:87.

Harriet is now preparing for an equally successful 2017, where she will be competing in the British-Para Swimming International Meet in April, the British Summer Championships in July, and the World Championships in Mexico in September, as well as fitting in her wedding in August too!

Harriet holds an array of British Records as a result of her successful swimming career. These include; SB9 50m, 100m, and 200m both long and short course, SM10 200m and 200m medley long and short course, as well as the SM10 100m medley short course records.

Away from competition, Harriet teaches swimming and is part of the ‘Speedo Sundays’ initiative, which aims to increase participation in the sport. The sessions give local communities the opportunity to trial different swimming activities and show that swimming is not just great exercise but also can be fun. Harriet uses Instagram as a way of blogging her swimming training, wedding planning and general life around being an athlete.

Harriet is a lifelong Chelsea fan and also follows Rugby, Cycling and Athletics. Outside of sport, she loves to watch TV and films and has a keen interest in Fashion.

Harriet is sponsored by Vision Express.

Major Achievements

  • 2016 Rio Paralympic Games 100m Breaststroke SB9 Silver
  • 2013 IPC World Championships 100m Breaststroke SB9 Silver
  • 2012 London Paralympic Games 100m Breaststroke SB9 Bronze
  • 2012 British Championships 100m Breaststroke SB14 Bronze
  • 2010 IPC World Championships 100m Breaststroke SB9 Gold
  • 2010 IPC World Championships 4×100 Medley Relay Silver

Twitter: @xharrietx1991
Instagram: harrietleeswim

October 2016

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