Julia Gaffney
ParalympianPara Swimming

Julia Gaffney

Paralympian 2020

Julia Gaffney smiles for the camera and holds up her gold medal
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Julia Gaffney swims fast down the swim lane
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May 1, 2000


Mayflower, AR


classification: S7, SB6, SM7

Gaffney has been swimming competitively since 2015 and has quickly made a name for herself on the national and international stages of competition...She was born as a double leg amputee; her right leg is amputated above the knee and her left leg is amputated below the knee...Has one sister and four brothers...Hobbies include fishing, reading books, playing games, and hanging out with friends
  • One-time Paralympian (2020), Two-time Paralympic medalist (2 bronze)
  • Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, bronze (400-meter freestyle, 100-meter backstroke), qualified (200-meter individual medley), 8th (100-meter freestyle), 5th (50-meter butterfly)
  • Most recent: 2023 - silver (200-meter individual medley, 100-meter backstroke), bronze (50-meter butterfly)
  • Years of Participation: 2017, 2019, 2022, 2023
  • Medals: 13 (3 gold, 8 silver, 2 bronze)
  • Gold – 2022 (200-meter individual medley, 100-meter backstroke); 2019 (200-meter individual medley);
  • Silver – 2023 (200-meter individual medley, 100-meter backstroke); 2019 (50-meter butterfly); 2017 (100-meter breaststroke, 100-meter backstroke, 400-meter freestyle, 50-meter freestyle, 200-meter individual medley)
  • Bronze – 2023 (50-meter butterfly); 2017 (100-meter freestyle)

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