Type of Impairment
Origin of Impairment
S7, SB7, SM7
Further personal information
Chapel Hill, NC, USA
Management, Sports Science - Guilford College: Greensboro, NC, USA
Sport specific information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age 12.
Why this sport?
He played basketball and football as a boy, but swimming gave him a chance to compete as the other children started growing. "It has given him confidence and helped him to accept who he is," his mother Ana said.
Club / Team
YMCA of the Triangle Area Swim Team [YOTA]: Raleigh, NC, USA
Name of coach
Tom Hazlett [club]
Pan Pacific Championships
Pasadena, CA, USA
Sport, fishing, hiking, cooking. (teamusa.org, 26 Jun 2015)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He listens to classical music to relax before a race meet. (teamusa.org, 26 Jun 2015)
His brother Nick has represented the United States of America in diving, and won bronze at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. His uncle Gordon Downie was also a swimmer and won bronze with the Great Britain 4x200m freestyle relay team at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. (teamusa.org, 13 Aug 2012; usatoday.com, 21 Jul 2012)
He was born with hypochondroplasia, and is a person of short stature. (guilfordian.com, 31 Aug 2012; newsobserver.com, 30 July 2012)