Ruby Storm (swimming) will create a slice of history in Birmingham when she becomes the second Indigenous Para-swimmer to represent Australia at the Commonwealth Games. Ruby is from the Wiradjuri tribe in Deniliquin but grew up in Traralgon on the lands of the Gunaikurnai people. One of a generation of S14 swimmers in Australia who emerged post the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Ruby lives with autism and was originally petrified of water when she was young. She took up swimming when she was seven. After some impressive swims at the 2018 Para Pan Pacific Championships trials, Ruby was selected for the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships in London, picking up a bronze medal as part of the mixed 4x100m freestyle relay 34 points team. She also swam in four individual events, catching notice with her 5th in the women’s 100m butterfly S14 final. Ruby pushed New Zealand legend and four-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist Dame Sophie Pascoe all the way in the 50m butterfly at the 2020 Para World Series in Melbourne. Next was the Tokyo Paralympics where she claimed silver in the mixed 4x100m freestyle relay S14 and bronze in the women’s 100m butterfly S14, as well as making three other finals. Ruby will contest the 200m freestyle S14 which makes its Commonwealth Games debut in Birmingham and uses the music of U2 to get pumped for her races. She wants to become a florist when she retires from swimming.
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Upper Ferntree Gully
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