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Hamish McLean

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S6, SB6, SM6

Further personal information

Languages
English
Higher education
Engineering - University of Canterbury: Christchurch, NZL

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 2006 in Auckland, New Zealand, and took up Para swimming competitively in 2011.
Why this sport?
"I wanted to learn how to swim and be safe around water."

General interest

Hobbies
Spending time outdoors. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing seventh in the S6 400m freestyle at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
New Zealand Para swimmer Cameron Leslie. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Just have fun. That's what you are doing the sport for." (stuff.co.nz, 30 Nov 2017)
Milestones
At age 15 he was the youngest Para swimmer to represent New Zealand at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. (SportsDeskOnline, 13 Mar 2019; givealittle.co.nz, 18 May 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (stuff.co.nz, 30 Nov 2017)
Other information
DOCUMENTARY
He featured in a documentary series called 'Born to Be Different', which aired in 2013 on Channel 4 in England. The programme followed the family lives of six children with an impairment. (telegraph.co.uk, 14 Mar 2013)

FROM ENGLAND TO NEW ZEALAND
He moved from England to New Zealand at age three. (thewanakasun.co.nz, 18 Jul 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m Freestyle S6 Final 1 2015-07-13 8
Men's 400 m Freestyle S6 Heat 2 2015-07-13 8
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM6 Heat 2 2015-07-17 11
Men's 100 m Freestyle S6 Heat 2 2015-07-19 14
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S6 Heat 2 2016-09-10 6
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM6 Heat 2 2016-09-12 5
Men's 400 m Freestyle S6 Heat 1 2016-09-13 3
Men's 400 m Freestyle S6 Final Round 2016-09-13 7
Men's 100 m Freestyle S6 Heat 2 2016-09-17 5