Type of Impairment
S14, SB14, SM14
Further personal information
Durham Bridge, NB, CAN
Sport specific information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began taking swimming lessons at age six, and took part in the Special Olympics at age 11. In 2012, at age 15, a coach suggested he join the Fredericton Aquanauts Swim Team [FAST] in New Brunswick, Canada.
Why this sport?
His parents wanted to channel his energy, and found he was naturally suited to water. "As a toddler, he was a safety risk at all times," his mother said. "We had to have a body harness for him because he would just take off on you at all times, and as he got older he gradually outgrew that. He has run away a few times, [we made] a 911 call one time and he was four kilometres back in the woods and snow when he was seven. It's been a rough road. He uses all that energy now for the pool. It [swimming] gives him a sense of purpose."
Club / Team
Fredericton Aquanauts Swim Team [FAST]: Canada
Name of coach
Marta Belsh [club]
He trains eight times per week in the water, and three times a week in the gym.
Awards and honours
He was named Inspirational Swimmer of the Year by Fredericton Aquanauts Swim Team [FAST] in New Brunswick, Canada, in 2014/15 and 2016/17. He shared the 2016/17 award with Erik Staeben. (Facebook page, 03 Oct 2017)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (cbc.ca, 07 Apr 2016)
He was diagnosed with non-verbal autism before the age of two. (Facebook page, 15 Apr 2019; cbc.ca, 14 Mar 2019; cbc.ca, 10 Aug 2017)