A humble Mary Fisher doesn't like to be looked at as an inspiration, but hopes that her success encourages children to get into swimming.
Fisher won her first Disabled Sportsperson of the Year after beating para-skiier Corey Peters, para-cycling duo of Emma Foy and Laura Fairweather and fellow para-swimmer Sophie Pascoe, after a 2014 that saw her claim 17 gold medals.
Six of those medals came at the Pan-Pacific Championships in Pasadena and Fisher ended 2014 ranked 1st in six long-course events and five short-course events.
Fisher said the recognition was great for Paralympic sports and swimming in general.
"Hopefully it encourages Kiwi kids to learn to swim, even if they don't choose to go competitively," said Fisher on winning a Halberg.
"And encouraging parents to teach their kids to swim is also something I feel is quite important."
Watch the full video interview with Mary Fisher
source: newshub archive