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Kirstie Kasko

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Classification
S14, SB14, SM14

Further personal information

Residence
Okotoks, AB, CAN
Occupation
Athlete, Coach
Languages
English
Higher education
Early Childhood Studies, Physiotherapy - Northwest College [USA] / Red Deer College [CAN]

Sport specific information

Why this sport?
She was an able-bodied swimmer before being assigned her Paralympic classification.
Club / Team
Okotoks Masters Swim Club: Canada

General interest

Ambitions
To compete at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (westernwheel.com, 14 Mar 2018)
Other information
CAREER PLANS
She is studying early childhood education and a physical therapy assistant course. She also gives swimming lessons at the Shawnessy YMCA in Calgary, AB, Canada. "My hope is to one day work at Alberta Children's Hospital, working with sick kids. I think that's a great way to give back and help kids, and I love working with kids." (westernwheel.com, 14 Mar 2018)

HEALTH CONDITION
She was diagnosed with epilepsy after suffering black outs during training on two occasion in 2014 and 2015. She had also suffered seizures as a toddler. She takes medication to control seizure activity, and her club and coaches must watch for signs of a possible seizure in the pool. She also has to be careful in loud noise situations, such as on planes and in shopping centres. "I can't go near disco balls or anything like that, or loud music. I've noticed I get pretty bad headaches whenever I'm near loud music. So I can't go near stores that play loud music without noise-cancelling headphones." (westernwheel.com, 14 Mar 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Backstroke S14 Heat 1 2012-08-31 4
Women's 200 m Freestyle S14 Heat 3 2012-09-02 4
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB14 Heat 2 2012-09-06 5
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m Freestyle S14 Heat 1 2013-08-12 15
Women's 100 m Backstroke S14 Heat 1 2013-08-14 9
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB14 Heat 2 2013-08-16 16
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM14 Heat 3 2013-08-18 13