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SIGURDARDOTTIR Sonja
Sport Para swimming
NPC Iceland   
GenderWomen
Age28
Place of BirthReykjavík, ISL
Height1.58 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S4, SB3, SM4
Further Personal Information
Residence
Reykjavík, ISL
Languages
English, Icelandic
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age seven at Iprottafelag Fatlaora club in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Why this sport?
She took up the sport to stay fit. "I love the water, the movement, the freedom."
Club / Team
Iprottafelag Fatlaora [IFR]: Reykjavík, ISL
Name of coach
Tomas Hajek [club], ISL
Senior International Debut
Year
2004
Competing for
Iceland
Location
Berlin, GER
General Interest
Hobbies
Photography. (Athlete, 14 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 14 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her mother. (Athlete, 14 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
She was named Sportswoman of the Year by the Icelandic Sports Association for the Disabled in 2008, 2009 and 2016. (ifsport.is, 06 Dec 2016)
Impairment
She was born with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a condition that affects the peripheral nerves. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
10 2008 50m Backstroke S5 57.90
8 2016 50m Backstroke S4 59.97 
15 2016 50m Freestyle S4 1:03.39 
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
13 2006 50m Freestyle S5 50.96
13 2006 100m Freestyle S5 1:53.87
7 2006 50m Backstroke S5 54.75
12 2010 50m Backstroke S5 59.86
15 2010 100m Freestyle S5 2:01.91
Heats 2015 50m Freestyle S4 1:01.27
Heats 2015 150m Individual Medley SM4 4:57.46
Heats 2015 50m Breaststroke SB3 2:24.80
8 2015 50m Backstroke S4 1:02.84
3 2017 100m Freestyle S4 2:34.77
6 2017 50m Backstroke S4 1:03.26
8 2017 50m Freestyle S4 1:02.26
7 2017 150m Individual Medley SM4 5:39.54
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2016 100m Freestyle S4 2:16.96
5 2016 50m Backstroke S4 1:02.40
9 2016 50m Breaststroke SB3 2:41.06
9 2016 150m Individual Medley SM4 5:09.00
7 2016 50m Freestyle S4 1:03.78
6 2018 50m Freestyle S4 1:00.67
5 2018 50m Backstroke S4 1:03.23