ANCHAYA KETKEAW

The Paralympic swimmer powering toward a future without stigmas.

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Her Sport Impossible

To say Anchaya is a fighter, is an understatement. In 2015, and aged just 15, this determined Paralympic swimmer from Songkhla, in southern Thailand, won the women’s 200m individual medley at the ASEAN Para Games. And that was just one of seven golds in the pool, making her the most successful athlete of the games. She has also set a new record in the Class S9 women’s 100m freestyle in 2017. As though a prediction of things to come, she had previously been named 2013 Female Para Athlete of the Year by the Sports Writers’ Association of Thailand.

“Only you are able to decide whether you can or can’t do it.”

Her Social Impossible

Throughout her formative years, Anchaya was told she could not, she should not, she would not. But thanks to her dogged determination and refusal to give in to taunts of bullies, she did. All the bullying she faced, only added her resolve to become a para swimming champion for her nation. And while she continues to defy the impossible in the pool, she is also busting stigmas outside the arena. She sees her success in the pool, as a way to bring attention to her cause. Her goals are beyond swimming, include working together with Toyota to fight back against prejudices and give a voice to other victims of bullying.

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