Stevenston swimmer Danielle Joyce has won Great Britain’s first gold medal at the World Deaf Swimming Championships in the United States.
The 19-year-old also broke the world-record as she triumphed in the 100-metres backstroke.
Taking place in the searing heat of Texas, the championships bring together the very best hearing-impaired swimmers from around the world.
Danielle, who is 6’ 4”, already holds two gold medals from the 2014 European Championships and has competed in mainstream (non-deaf) swimming events, but this is the first time she has taken part in a World Championship.
After her stunning victory, an excited Danielle Tweeted, “No way has that happened, deaf world champion and broke the Russians deaf world record for 100 back, AHHHHHH.”
Currently studying Sport and Exercise at Stirling University, Danielle was born with moderate hearing loss and the condition deteriorated as she got older. Her impairment is now described as severely deaf in one ear and profoundly deaf in the other.
The World Deaf Swimming Championships run until August 22nd.