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    Sarah Louise Rung

    Ones to watch
    Norway Norway Para swimming 8 October 1989

    Stavanger, NOR

    Swimmer pushing herself off the wall in the pool.


    Human Interest
    Data Value
    Impairment Information
    Type of Impairment Spinal Cord Injuries
    Origin of Impairment Acquired
    Classification S6, SB5, SM6
    Further Personal Information
    Residence Bergen, NOR
    Occupation Athlete, Consultant, Student
    Languages English, Norwegian
    Higher education Civil Engineering - University of Stavanger: Norway
    Sport Specific Information
    When and where did you begin this sport? She began swimming at age seven.
    Why this sport? She took up the sport with her sister. "Swimming has always been in my family."
    Club / Team Stavanger SK: Norway
    Name of coach Morten Eklund [national], NOR
    International Debut
    Year 2009
    Competing for Norway
    Tournament European Championships
    Location Reykjavík, ISL
    General Interest
    Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold medals in the S5 50m butterfly and S5 200m freestyle at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, and breaking the world record in the 100m breaststroke. (Athlete, 19 Aug 2018, 03 Dec 2017)
    Most influential person in career Coach Morten Eklund, her sister Victoria, and her teammates. (Athlete, 19 Aug 2018, 03 Dec 2017)
    Hero / Idol Norwegian swimmer Alexander Dale Oen. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
    Sporting philosophy / motto "There are no shortcuts to the places worth going." (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
    Awards and honours She was flag bearer for Norway at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (vg.no, 18 Sep 2016)

    She was named Female Athlete with an Impairment of the Year in five consecutive years between 2012 and 2016 at the Norwegian Sport Gala. (idrettgala.no, 01 Jan 2018)

    In 2010 and 2011 she was named Athlete with an Impairment of the Year at the Norwegian Sport Gala. (idrettgala.no, 01 Jan 2018)
    Famous relatives Her younger sister Victoria Rung represented Norway in able-bodied swimming at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russian Federation. (aftenposten.no, 22 Nov 2018; universiade2013.sportresult.com, 01 Jan 2013)
    Ambitions To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (tv2.no, 28 Mar 2021)
    Impairment In September 2008 she underwent an operation on her back. Some of her nerves were severed during the procedure, which resulted in a spinal cord injury. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017; aftenposten.no, 22 Jun 2011)
    Other information SISTERHOOD
    Her sister Victoria has also competed in swimming at an elite level, representing Norway in able-bodied swimming at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russian Federation. "I am grateful to have been able to share great moments with her. She inspires me to work hard and set great goals. She has definitely taught me the importance of the hard, hard work and dedication that you need to be able to achieve your goals, and I hope I can show other athletes the same." (aftenposten.no, 22 Nov 2018; paralympic.org, 11 Mar 2016)

    She works as a consultant for Olympiatoppen, an organisation that is part of the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committees. She is responsible for helping to promote and develop Para sport at national and local level in Norway. "The goal is to reduce the differences in sports and get more people active." (toyota.no, 31 Mar 2021; aftenbladet.no, 06 Feb 2019; olympiatoppen.no, 01 Jan 2019)

    In 2020 she began studying for a degree in clinical nutrition at the University of Bergen in Norway. (ba.no, 24 Aug 2020)

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