Swimmer Becky Redfern in action at Rio 2016

Rebecca Redfern

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    S13, SB13, SM13

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Rebecca Redfern has won medals on the Paralympic, World and European stages - including her first international gold at the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships in London.

Redfern’s victory came in the SB13 100m Breaststroke event, three years on from claiming silver in that event at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. The Worcester Swimming Club athlete also placed inside the top 15 in the S13 50m Freestyle at the 2019 Worlds.

Having missed out on the opportunity to race at her first World Championships in Mexico in 2017 due to the earthquake, Redfern was part of the British squad that headed to Dublin in 2018 for the European Para Swimming Championships, where she reached the finals of the S13 50m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke events, finishing fifth and sixth respectively.

She set a new world record in the SB13 100m Breaststroke at the 2016 British Para-Swimming International Meet to secure her place on the Brazil-bound ParalympicsGB team, before making her first overseas team for the European Championships in Funchal. That debut was marked with a silver medal in the SB13 100m Breaststroke.

Redfern’s Paralympic bow came four months later - and it was a memorable one, as she returned to the podium in Rio to collect a silver medal in the SB13 100m Breaststroke.

After starting a family in July 2020, Redfern made a miraculous return to the pool in time for the Tokyo Games where she repeated her success from Rio in winning silver in the SB13 100m breaststroke.

Major Results

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

  • 50m freestyle S13: 21st
  • 100m breaststroke SB13: silver

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

  • 100m breaststroke SB13: silver

London 2019 World Para Swimming Championships

  • 50m freestyle S13: 13th
  • 100m breaststroke SB13: gold

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