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TUOMELA Jessica
Sport Para cross-country, Para swimming, Para Triathlon
NPC Canada   
GenderWomen
Age35
Place of BirthSault Sainte Marie, CAN
Height1.58 m
Weight 54 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S11
Further Personal Information
Family
Husband Kim Hodges
Residence
Edinburgh, SCO
Languages
English
Higher education
Sociology - University of Waterloo: Waterloo, ON, CAN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She learnt to swim at the family's camping outings. She joined her first swim club at the age of 12 and began competing a year later.
Name of coach
Craig McCord [national]
General Interest
Awards and honours
In 2010 she was the community cauldron lighter for Sault Sainte Marie during the torch relay of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. (vancouver2010.com, 02 Jan 2010)

In 2006 she was inducted into the Sault Sainte Marie Walk of Fame. (saultsportscouncil.ca, 31 Mar 2010)

In 2000 she was awarded the Sault Sainte Marie Medal of Merit. (city.saulte-ste-marie.on.ca, 31 Mar 2010)
Impairment
She lost her vision due to retinoblastoma [retinal cancer] at age three. (saultsportscouncil.ca, 31 Mar 2010; sootoday.com, 20 Sep 2004)
Other information
ATHLETE COUNCIL
She has served as an interim council member of the Canadian Paralympic Committee
[CPC] Athletes Council. (athletics.ca, 01 Dec 2007)

HUSBAND
Her husband is also visually impaired. They met while attending a training academy to introduce them to their new guide dogs. (freescotland.net, 18 Jun 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
2 2000 50m Freestyle S11 33.75 
6 2000 100m Freestyle S11 1:18.62 
6 2000 100m Backstroke S11 1:29.86 
6 2000 200m Medley SM11 3:12.77 
4 2004 50m Freestyle S11 33.68
6 2004 100m Freestyle S11 1:15.43
6 2004 100m Backstroke S11 1:28.55
  2004 100m Breaststroke SB11  DSQ
9 2008 50m Freestyle S11 34.06
8 2008 100m Freestyle S11 1:14.79
World Championships - Para Triathlon
Rank Year Event Result
6 2017 PTVI 1:20:41
4 2018 PTVI 1:10:06
World Ranking (2018/01/01) - Para Triathlon
Rank Year Event Result
9 2018 PTVI  
6 2018 PTVI  
6 2018 PTVI