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Three times Paralympic Games medal winner at Fairford market

Danielle Watts was a British Paralympic swimmer, who represented Great Britain at three Paralympic Games from 2000 to 2008 winning three medals. On her marriage in 2011 to her school sweetheart, Jamie Swann, Danielle changed her named to Swann and now runs the card stall with Jamie at Fairford Market every Wednesday.

Danielle at Fairford Market with her medals
Danielle at Fairford Market wearing her medals

Danielle first got interested in swimming competitively at boarding school in 1991 and started competing seriously from 1997 until 2009 when a should injury prevented her from continuing.

During her swimming career, Danielle has amassed at total of 176 medals – mostly Gold. Three of those medals are Paralympic medals – one Silver and two Bronze.

One Silver and two Bronze Paralympic medals

She competed in the Paralympic Games in Sydney in 2000, but failed to gain a medal there, as she is usually a S1 category swimmer, but was forced to swim in the higher, more demanding S2 category. When she went to the Athens Paralympic Games in 2004, she had had more experience and succeeded in winning in the S2 category a Silver medal in the 100m freestyle and a Bronze medal in the 50m freestyle and the 50m backstroke.

Four years later, she swam in two events at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. Danielle said there were no set classes at Beijing, so it was very hard and she had swim against S2 category swimmers in the 50m backstroke and finished 7th and against S3 category swimmers in the 50m freestyle finishing 13th.

Danielle said she loved attending the Paralympic Games and all her fellow competitors were very friendly. In fact, she is still very good friends with Dame Sarah Storey DBE – a British Paralympic cyclist, former swimmer and multiple Gold medal winner.

In 2003, Danielle was awarded Swimming World Magazine’s Swimming World’s World Disabled Swimmer of the Year.

Pop along and see Danielle at the card stall every Wednesday in Fairford or every Tuesday at Moreton-in-Marsh market.

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