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ROUTLIFFE Tess
Sport Para swimming
NPC Canada   
GenderWomen
Age20
Place of BirthAuckland, NZL
Height1.34 m
Weight 54 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S7, SB7, SM7
Further Personal Information
Residence
Montreal, QC, CAN
Occupation
Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Communications, Human Resources - Concordia University: Montreal, QC, CAN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming competitively at age 13 with Dorado Stars in Caledon, ON, Canada.
Why this sport?
"As a kid with two very athletic sisters, I was brought up playing different sports, which I loved. I tried lots of sports, but in grade nine swimming was the one that stuck."
Club / Team
Club de Natation Torpille: Repentigny, QC, CAN
Name of coach
Mike Thompson [personal], CAN
Training Regime
"I swim eight times a week, with two days of doubles. Each session is about two hours. On top of that I have four weight sessions per week that usually run for an hour-and-a-half."
Senior International Debut
Year
2014
Competing for
Canada
Tournament
Pan Pacific Championships
Location
Pasadena, CA, USA
General Interest
Hobbies
Horseback riding. (caledonenterprise.com, 20 Aug 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (floswimming.com, 31 May 2017)
Most influential person in career
Her parents. (citynews.ca, 08 Feb 2016)
Hero / Idol
Her older sisters Erin and Tara. (floswimming.com, 31 May 2017)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She cracks her knuckles before a race. (caledonenterprise.com, 20 Aug 2015)
Awards and honours
She has twice been named Para Swimmer of the Year by Swim Ontario in Canada. (citynews.ca, 08 Feb 2016)
Famous relatives
Her older sisters Erin [tennis] and Tara [volleyball] both received university sport scholarships in United States of America. (inthehills.ca, 22 Nov 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (inthehills.ca, 22 Nov 2016)
Impairment
She was born with hypochondroplasia, a condition which affects the conversion of cartilage into bone, causing shortened limbs. (worlddwarfgames.org, 08 Apr 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
5 2016 50m Freestyle S7 33.89
Heats 2016 100m Backstroke S7 1:29.96
4 2016 100m Breaststroke SB7 1:35.09 
7 2016 50m Butterfly S7 39.17 
2 2016 200m Individual Medley SM7 3:02.05 
6 2016 100m Freestyle S7 1:13.97 
5 2016 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:29.40
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
4 2015 100m Freestyle S7 1:14.50
4 2015 100m Breaststroke SB7 1:39.26
4 2015 400m Freestyle S7 5:42.67
2 2015 200m Individual Medley SM7 3:04.75
4 2015 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:35.05
6 2015 50m Butterfly S7 39.91
6 2015 100m Backstroke S7 1:33.46
4 2015 50m Freestyle S7 35.07
8 2015 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 5:09.90
Commonwealth Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
3 2018 50m Butterfly S7 37.85