Name: Julia Gaffney
Sport: Swimming
Event(s): 50-meter Freestyle, 100-meter Freestyle, 100-meter Breaststroke, 200-meter Individual Medley
Classification: S7, SB6, SM7
Height: 5-3
DOB: 5/1/2000
Birthplace: Russia
Hometown: Mayflower, Ark.
Coach(es): Tony Marleneanu
Paralympic Experience
  • 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)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2022 - GOLD (200-meter individual medley, 100-meter backstroke); 4th (100-meter freestyle)
  • Years of Participation: 2017, 2019, 2022
  • Medals: 12 (5 gold, 6 silver, 1 bronze)
  • Gold – 2022 (200-meter individual medley, 100-meter backstroke); 2019 (200-meter individual medley); 2022 (200-meter individual medley, 100-meter backstroke)
  • Silver – 2019 (50-meter butterfly); 2017 (100-meter breaststroke, 100-meter backstroke, 400-meter freestyle, 50-meter freestyle, 200-meter individual medley)
  • Bronze – 2017 (100-meter freestyle)
Personal: 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