Jessica-Jane Applegate Para-Swimmer

  • DOB

    22 Aug 1996
  • Coach

    Alex Pinniger
  • Club

    UEA Norwich
  • Main event

    S14 200m Free
  • Best result

    Paralympic Champion
  • Medals (INT/NAT)

    • 9
    • 11
    • 8
JJ Applegate Torso Image

Jessica-Jane Applegate MBE impressed the Para-Swimming world with her gold medal performance at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and since then she has become world champion in the 200m Freestyle (2013) and 100m Backstroke (2015).

Applegate (England) had her second outing at the IPC Swimming World championships in Glasgow in the summer of 2015, coming away with the title in the S14 100m Backstroke and a further two silver medals in the S14 200m Freestyle and 200m Individual Medley events. Last year also saw Applegate break the World record in the S14 100m Butterfly.

At the 2015 British Para-Swimming International meet she took the title in the MC 200m Freestyle event and added a bronze to her name in the MC 200m Individual Medley.

In 2014, Applegate made her IPC European Championship debut in Eindhoven, adding another three medals to her collection with 200m Freestyle silver and bronzes over 100m Backstroke and 200m Individual Medley.

The rapid progress made in her early career continued into 2013 and she went on to represent Great Britain again in Montreal’s 2013 IPC World Championships, winning gold in the 200m Freestyle. Applegate also won silver in the 200m Individual Medley, and bronze in the 100m Freestyle.

She was appointed MBE in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to swimming.

Her first international outing representing GBR came in 2012 and has to be her most successful moment to date. Debuting at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London where Applegate qualified for both 100m Backstroke and S14 200m Freestyle. She won gold in the latter, becoming the first British S14 swimmer to stand at the top of the Paralympic podium at London 2012.

Applegate set one of the fastest times in the world over 50m and the 200m Freestyle at the 2011 Wales Winter Open, solidifying her potential as a world class international para-swimmer in the S14 classification.

Jessica-Jane Applegate’s first real taste of success was at the 2011 British International Disability Championships where she found herself gracing the international podium at just 15 years old. She received a bronze medal for the MC 50m Freestyle and since then, has rarely left a major meet medal-less.

Long Course
Event Year Time/Score Record
S14 50m Freestyle 2016 27.33
S14 100m Freestyle 2016 59.04 WR
S14 200m Freestyle 2015 2:05.61
S14 400m Freestyle 2016 4:30.40 BR
S14 800m Freestyle 2016 9:20.10 WR
S14 50m Backstroke 2013 32.56 BR
S14 100m Backstroke 2015 1:06.75
S14 200m Backstroke 2016 2:27.83
SB14 50m Breaststroke 2016 39.83
SB14 100m Breaststroke 2015 1:24.32
S14 50m Butterfly 2016 29.65
S14 100m Butterfly 2016 1:07.28 WR
S14 200m Butterfly 2014 2:45.14
SM14 200m Individual Medley 2015 2:25.78
SM14 400m Individual Medley 2015 5:15.25 WR
Short Course
Event Year Time/Score Record
S14 50m Freestyle 2015 27.03 BR
S14 100m Freestyle 2015 58.49 BR
S14 200m Freestyle 2015 2:05.58 BR
S14 400m Freestyle 2015 4:27.85 BR
S14 800m Freestyle 2015 9:09.20 BR
S14 1500m Freestyle 2015 18:05.25
S14 50m Backstroke 2015 31.92
S14 100m Backstroke 2015 1:06.58 BR
S14 200m Backstroke 2011 2:34.27
S14 50m Butterfly 2015 29.99 BR
S14 100m Butterfly 2015 1:07.11 BR
S14 200m Butterfly 2014 2:46.17 BR
SB14 50m Breaststroke 2015 38.99
SB14 100m Breaststroke 2015 1:22.72
SM14 100m Individual Medley 2014 1:10.02 BR
SM14 200m Individual Medley 2014 2:29.48 BR
SM14 400m Individual Medley 2014 5:21.77 BR
Paralympic Games
Event Year Time/Score Result
S14 200m Freestyle 2012 - London 2:12.63 Gold
S14 100m Backstroke 2012 - London 1:09.58 4th
IPC World Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
S14 200m Freestyle 2015 - Glasgow 2:06.98 Silver
S14 100m Backstroke 2015 - Glasgow 1:06.75 Gold
SM14 200m Individual Medley 2015 - Glasgow 2:25.78 Silver
S14 200m Freestyle 2013 - Montreal 2:09.88 Gold
S14 100m Backstroke 2013 - Montreal 1:08.90 Bronze
SM14 200m Individual Medley 2013 - Montreal 2:32.54 Silver
IPC European Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
S14 200m Freestyle 2016 - Funchal 2:06.29 Silver
S14 100m Backstroke 2016 - Funchal 1:07.03 Silver
S14 100m Breaststroke 2016 - Funchal 1:24.32 5th
S14 200m Individual Medley 2016 - Funchal 2:26.49 Bronze
S14 200m Freestyle 2014 - Eindhoven 2:08.36 Silver
S14 100m Backstroke 2014 - Eindhoven 1:08.57 Bronze
SM14 Individual Medley 2014 - Eindhoven 2:30.43 Bronze
British Para-Swimming International Meet
Event Year Time/Score Result
MC 200m Freestyle 2016 - Glasgow 2:05.63 Silver
MC 100m Backstroke 2016 - Glasgow 1:07.79 Bronze
MC 200m Individual Medley 2016 - Glasgow 2:30.52 Bronze
MC 200m Freestyle 2015 - Glasgow 2:07.33 Gold
MC 100m Backstroke 2015 - Glasgow 1:08.51 5th
MC 200m Individual Medley 2015 - Glasgow 2:27.37 Bronze
MC 200m Freestyle 2014 - Glasgow 2:11.90 Silver
MC 200m Individual Medley 2014 - Glasgow 2:33.39 Silver
MC 200m Freestyle 2013 - Sheffield 2:12.21 Gold
MC 100m Backstroke 2013 - Sheffield 1:09.61 5th
MC 100m Breaststroke 2013 - Sheffield 1:39.58 34th
MC 50m Freestyle 2012 - Sheffield 28.61 Silver
MC 100m Freestyle 2012 - Sheffield 1:02.58 Silver
MC 200m Freestyle 2012 - Sheffield 2:15.23 Gold