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Abi Tripp

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S8, SB7, SM8

Further personal information

Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age six with Kingston Y Penguins Aquatic Club in Ontario, Canada.
Why this sport?
When she first joined Kingston Y Penguins Aquatic Club she feared the water because she was unable to swim. "I cried because I was afraid and wanted to make myself do it. It was such a neat feeling to be able to use my body to get through water once I learned to swim."
Club / Team
Kingston Y Penguins Aquatic Club: Canada
Name of coach
Vicki Keith [club], CAN

General interest

Hobbies
Cooking. (swimming.ca, 02 Feb 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I think it's important to play and train in different sports because it keeps the preparation process interesting." (paralympic.ca, 29 Oct 2018)

"Be kind, be humble, be patient, be real." (Instagram profile, 25 Feb 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (swimming.ca, 07 Apr 2019; globalnews.ca, 18 Apr 2018)
Impairment
She was born with cerebral palsy, which affects all four of her limbs. She also has dystonia in her right arm and both legs, a neurological condition which causes involuntary muscle contractions. "The combination of both of them [both conditions], I get spasms in my right arm that can be a bit of a struggle when it comes to swimming, because I use my arms so much. My legs are just sort of there to keep my hips up, but they don't really give much." (swimming.ca, Sep 2016; theglobeandmail.com, 09 Aug 2015; thewhig.com, 05 Aug 2019)
Other information
COACHING AMBITIONS
She wants to become a swimming coach after she retires from competitive swimming. Outside of the sport, she would also like to become an occupational therapist. (swimming.ca, 25 May 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m Freestyle S8 Heat 2 2016-09-08 4
Women's 400 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 2016-09-08 6
Women's 100 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 2016-09-11 3
Women's 100 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 2016-09-11 7
Women's 100 m Backstroke S8 Heat 2 2016-09-13 4
Women's 50 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 2016-09-16 5
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Heat 2 2016-09-17 5
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Final Round 2016-09-17 8