Janice Burton MBE (born 11 April 1958) is a retired British Paralympic swimmer. Burton competed in B1 events having completely lost sight in both of her eyes. She won a total of 23a Paralympic medals during a career that spanned four Games.[2]

Janice Burton
Janice Burton - 1996 Summer Paralympics - Atlanta.jpg
Personal information
Born (1958-04-11) 11 April 1958 (age 61)
Country United Kingdom
SportParalympic swimming

Burton competed in both individual and relay races. In the individual events she won five gold medals with three coming in the 1992 Games in Barcelona.[1] As well as achieving Paralympic success she also triumphed in European and World competitions, being crowned champion a total of 15 times.[2]

Burton was awarded an MBE in the 1999 New Year Honours list.[3] Since retiring from competitive swimming Janice undertakes public speaking for Guide Dogs and about her Paralympic career. She has also taken part in the display events at the Horse of the Year Show. At 40 years of age Janice decided to learn to Water Ski ! at 50 she learned to Snow Ski ! and at 60 Flew on the longest Zip wire ! [2]


^a The British Paralympic Association states that Burton has won 23 medals but the Official Paralympic results service only lists 20 results. This is due to Burton's participation in relay races where the competitors' names were not listed in the database. Addendum 1984 USA there are in addition to those listed a further 2 Bronze Medals hanging on our wall. 1988 Seoul there are in addition to those listed a further 1 Bronze medal hanging on our wall, that verifies the 23 total Paralympic medals and bring the international medals to 65.


  1. ^ a b "Athlete Search Results". British Paralympic Association. Retrieved 6 August 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "Janice Burton MBE". British Paralympic Association. Retrieved 6 August 2013.
  3. ^ "New glory for sport stars". BBC News. 31 December 1998. Retrieved 6 August 2013.