After being introduced to swimming at the age of 3, following advice that it would help with her cerebral palsy, Liz Johnson has been crowned Paralympic Champion, laid the final tile in the London 2012 aquatic centre, was bestowed the honour of reading the athlete’s oath at the Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Paralympic Games, and claimed another Paralympic medal in her home Games.
At just 14, Liz was already competing at a national level, before making the British team shortly after. In 2006, Liz claimed two Gold medals at the IPC World Championships, successfully building on the successes at the Athens Paralympics, where she won a Silver medal. A few years later, Liz fulfilled a lifetime ambition by winning Gold at the 2008 Paralympics, dedicating it to her mother, who sadly passed away during the Games. Fast forward 4 years, and a plethora of World Championship medals, Liz added to her Paralympic medal collection at London 2012, as she set a new Paralympic record en route.
In April 2016, Liz announced her retirement from competitive swimming, after a hernia operation put her behind schedule with training. Liz now devotes her time to being a member of the board of Disability Sports Wales. Liz joined the Channel 4 team for the Rio Paralympics. She also competed in the BBC’s Celebrity Masterchef.
Liz is an ambassador for Olympic partner EDF and is a popular and accomplished motivational speaker.