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Amarah PHILLIP
Sport Swimming
NOC British Virgin Islands   
GenderWomen
Born30 Aug 1998
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Languages
English
Higher education
Journalism, Media Studies - Cardiff University: Wales
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age five. She began competing at age nine in Bristol, England.
Why this sport?
She was encouraged to learn how to swim by her mother. "She said that we lived on an island so it only made sense. I really enjoyed swimming, so I joined my first swim club and I've just stuck with it. [I liked] being care-free, the camaraderie of the sport and seeing I've done a personal best on the scoreboard."
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Work hard, have dedication, stay focused, and remember to practise, practise, practise. Then everything will fall into place." (virginislandsnewsonline.com, 06 May 2013)
Awards and honours
In 2016 she was named the Caribbean Youth Day Honouree by the government of the Virgin Islands, British. (Government of the Virgin Islands Facebook page, 07 Oct 2016; LinkedIn profile, 01 Mar 2020)
Milestones
She and her younger sister Elinah became the first swimmers to represent the Virgin Islands, British at the world championships when they competed at the 2015 edition in Kazan, Russian Federation. The pair also became the first British Virgin Islanders to compete in swimming at the Commonwealth Games when they swam at the 2014 Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (SportsDeskOnline, 12 Mar 2020; bbc.co.uk, 04 Apr 2014)
Famous relatives
Her younger sister Elinah represented the Virgin Islands, British in swimming at the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games. Her father Elsworth has served as coach of the Virgin Islands, British national swimming team, and as president of the British Virgin Islands Swim Federation [BVISF]. Her mother Tracy Bradshaw represented the Virgin Islands, British in athletics, and has been secretary of the BVISF. (SportsDeskOnline, 01 Sep 2021; virginislandsnewsonline.com, 30 Jul 2021; islandsun.com, 10 Aug 2016; bviplatinum.com, 16 Apr 2014; bviolympics.org, 03 Dec 2013)
Other information
OCCUPATION
In March 2021 she began working as community engagement officer for the Black Swimming Association in England. (LinkedIn profile, 13 Aug 2021)

SCHOLARSHIP
In 2017 she was one of 36 swimmers from across the world to receive an International Swimming Federation [FINA] Scholarship, which was designed to help the athletes to qualify and participate at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. The scholarship also presented the athletes with the option to train at FINA-approved training centres in Thailand, Senegal and the United States of America. (fina.org, 01 Mar 2017; swimswam.com, 09 Mar 2017)

 Competition Highlights
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Butterfly 1:08.60
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 50m Freestyle 28.35
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Butterfly 1:08.83
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 50m Butterfly 30.81
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Freestyle 1:02.16
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 50m Freestyle 28.62