Liz Johnson has overcome stacked odds before. Just 11 days before taking gold in the 100m breaststroke at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games her mother passed away after a long illness with cancer. As a child, Bonnie Johnson, Liz’s mum, took the future medal-winning athlete swimming to strengthen her hemiplegia-weakened muscles; sessions that would eventually underwrite the Newport-born swimmer’s selection for Paralympics GB whilst she was still in her teens.
Four years after her Beijing victory, at 26 years old, Liz took another medal in the 2012 London Paralympics - this time a bronze. Impressively, her win came at an age which, in the world of competitive swimming, is considered practically ancient. More stacked odds, more success. Now 33-years old, Liz is no longer competing in the Paralympic world. Instead, she’s experiencing challenges and success in a different field altogether: recruitment. Alongside veteran recruiter Steve Carter, whose career has taken him from Morgan McKinley, through Robert Half and Adecco, Liz has founded The Ability People (TAP) – an agency without a central hub staffed exclusively by people with impairments.