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Donovan Tildesley

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S11, SB11, SM11

Further personal information

Residence
Vancouver, BC, CAN
Occupation
Insurance Officer, Media Professional, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English
Higher education
English Literature - University of British Columbia: Vancouver, BC, CAN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
His parents taught him to swim from six months old. He began swimming competitively at age nine.
Why this sport?
At age 12 at a provincial competition in Kamloops, BC, he first heard about the Paralympic Games. He decided he wanted to compete at the Paralympic Games, and four years later had achieved his childhood dream by competing at Sydney 2000.
Club / Team
UBC Dolphins: Vancouver, BC, CAN

General interest

Hobbies
Downhill skiing, music and radio broadcasting. (paralympic.ca, 31 Mar 2010)
Injuries
He suffered a knee injury in early 2013 that disrupted his training. (swimming.ca, 09 Aug 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"As an elite athlete, it is imperative to give one's all to the sport. However, this should never come at the cost of other life experiences, which are as important, if not more so, than swimming." (ykpbsc.nt.ca, 2006)
Awards and honours
He was Canada's flagbearer for the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (University of BC, 11 Sep 2008)
Famous relatives
His father Hugh Tildesley, is a former competitive swimmer and acts as his 'tapper', tapping him on the head on his last stroke so he knows when to turn. He was also coached by his uncle Murray Tildesley, a former national record holder. (CPC, 19 Jul 2007)
Impairment
He was born blind due to Leber's amaurosis. (ourcoloradonews.com, 10 Jun 2011)
Other information
RETIREMENT
In May 2014 he announced his retirement from competitive swimming. (newswire.ca, 09 May 2014)

OCCUPATION
He works as an insurance broker with Buntain Insurance in Vancouver, BC, Canada. (vancouversun.com, 23 Apr 2014)

RADIO
He is the co-owner of two radio stations in Whistler, BC, Canada, including 88.7 Whistler FM, a tourist information radio station. (donovanspeaks.com, 2013; paralympic.ca, 31 Mar 2010)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 6
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Heat 1 3
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM11 Final Round 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM11 Heat 2 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Heat 2 3
Men's 100 m Butterfly S11 Final Round 5
Men's 100 m Butterfly S11 Heat 2 3
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Final Round 4
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Heat 1 2
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 3
Men's 400 m Freestyle S11 Heat 1 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Heat 1 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 7
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Heat 3 2
Men's 100 m Butterfly S11 Heat 2 3
Men's 100 m Butterfly S11 Final Round 7
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Final Round 5
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Heat 2 2
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM11 Final Round 2
Men's 100 m Butterfly S11 Final Round 4
Men's 100 m Butterfly S11 Heat 2 2
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Final Round 4
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Heat 2 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 2
Men's 400 m Freestyle S11 Heat 1 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Heat 2 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Heat 2 2
IPC Swimming World Championships Mar del Plata 2002 (Mar del Plata, Argentina)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Heats 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Heats 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM11 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Butterfly S11 Final Round 2
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Heats 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S11 Heats 1
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games (Sydney, Australia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Medley SM11 Final Round 3
Men's 200 m Medley SM11 Heat 1 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Heat 2 5
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Final Round 4
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Heat 2 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 6
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Heat 2 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Heat 3 2
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Heat 1 2012-08-31 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 2012-08-31 7
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Final Round 2012-09-02 8
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Heat 2 2012-09-02 4
Men's 100 m Butterfly S11 Final Round 2012-09-06 8
Men's 100 m Butterfly S11 Heat 2 2012-09-06 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM11 Heat 2 2012-09-08 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM11 Final Round 2012-09-08 7
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Final 1 2013-08-12 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Final 1 2013-08-15 7
Men's 100 m Butterfly S11 Final 1 2013-08-16 5
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM11 Final 1 2013-08-18 4