Suzanna Hext Para-Swimmer

  • DOB

    11 Sep 1988
  • Coach

    Richard Smith
  • Club

    Swindon ASC/Tigersharks
  • Main event

    50m Freestyle
  • Best result

    World Champion
  • Medals (INT/NAT)

    • 2
    • 2
    • 1
Suzanna Hext 2023 cut

Suzanna Hext burst on to the scene of British Para-Swimming in 2019, claiming a pair of medals at her debut World Para Swimming Championships - and this preceded her debut Paralympics appearance at Tokyo 2020.

In Tokyo, Suzanna reached two individual finals in the Women's S5 100m and 200m Freestyle, placing fourth in both after a couple of performances that personified her drive and resilience.

Triple European para-dressage gold medallist Hext - who has ambitions of representing Paralympics GB in both aquatics and equestrianism during her career - only turned her attention to swimming in 2017 and did not compete in her first long-course competition until the 2019 BUCS Swimming Championships in Sheffield - setting a British S5 50m Freestyle record at the event.

Later that year, she further outlined her Freestyle quality by winning silver in the same event at the Worlds, as well as a bronze in the S5 100m Freestyle final, as she enjoyed a memorable debut at that level of competition. 

Long Course
Event Year Time/Score Record
S5 50m Freestyle 2023 36.71
S5 100m Freestyle 2023 1:21.60
S5 200m Freestyle 2021 2:59.05
SB4 100m Breaststroke 2021 2:09.87 BR
Short Course
Event Year Time/Score Record
S5 50m Freestyle 2019 38.55 BR
S5 100m Freestyle 2019 1.26.08 BR
S5 200m Freestyle 2019 3:05.40
Paralympic Games
Event Year Time/Score Result
S5 200m Freestyle 2021 - Tokyo 2:59.55 4th
S5 100m Freestyle 2021 - Tokyo 1:22.49 4th
IPC World Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
S5 50m Freestyle 2023 - Manchester 36.71 Gold
S5 100m Freestyle 2023 - Manchester 1:21.60 Silver
S5 100m Freestyle 2019 - London 1:22.80 Bronze
S5 200m Freestyle 2019 - London 3:02.50
S5 50m Freestyle 2019 - London 37.13 Silver
British Para-Swimming International Meet
Event Year Time/Score Result
MC 100m Freestyle 2023 - Sheffield 1:30.01 34th
MC 100m Freestyle 2021 - Sheffield 1:29.62 15th
MC 100m Breaststroke 2021 - Sheffield 2:09.87 9th
MC 50m Freestyle 2019 - Glasgow 38.80 11th
MC 200m Freestyle 2019 - Glasgow 3:13.36 12th
British Summer Championships
Event Year Time/Score Result
MC 50m Freestyle 2019 37.90 Gold