Liz Johnson, a Wales breaststroker and winner of three medals at the last three Paralympic Games for Great Britain, has announced her comeback after a break from competition.
After winning bronze in the 100 breast in the London Olympics, Johnson took an extended leave from competition, focusing on charity work and reassessing her swimming goals.
“I made the decision to step back and make sure I was ready for Rio 2016,” Johnson said on Wales Online today. “Rio will be my fourth Games and I needed to make sure I had that drive to go full throttle and I was fresh psychologically and physically and that I had a renewed passion for it.”
She’ll be a spectator at the IPC European Championships later this month, but has officially decided to return to full-steam training and competition beginning in September.
Johnson won silver in the 100 breast in Athens (2004), silver in Beijing (2008) and bronze in London (2012). She’s also the owner of 4 golds from various IPC World Championships, and has been winning medals on the international stage since 2001.