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Morgan Bird

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S8, SB8, SM8

Further personal information

Residence
Calgary, AB, CAN
Languages
English
Higher education
Early Childhood Studies - Mount Royal University: Calgary, AB, CAN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She first tried swimming at age six months, and began competing at age 11.
Why this sport?
She began swimming as an alternative to physiotherapy to help strengthen her left side. A coach saw she had potential and encouraged her to attend a swim meet. "They [doctors] were telling me that what I was doing at one of my swimming practises was like doing the same thing for my physio exercises, and I absolutely hated physio so that was an incentive to stay in the sport."
Club / Team
CHP-Quebec: Montreal, QC, CAN
Name of coach
Mike Thompson [personal]

General interest

Nicknames
Birdie (Twitter profile, 16 Mar 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't let anything stop you. If you have a dream go after it. Your abilities are much higher than your limitations. If you believe in yourself you can get there." (Tomorrow YouTube channel, 31 Jul 2014)
Awards and honours
She was named Female Para Swimmer of the Year by Swim Alberta in Canada in 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15. (swimalberta.ca, Sep 2015)
Ambitions
Competing at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (swimming.ca, 29 Mar 2018)
Impairment
She was born with cerebral palsy, affecting the left side of her body. (paralympic.ca, Sep 2016)
Other information
FUTURE CAREER
After finishing her education in child studies at Calgary's Mount Royal University, she is hoping to work at the Alberta Children's Hospital, where she already spends time as a volunteer and where she was treated in her youth. "I was a patient there for most of my life. The people that were part of the child life programme made a huge impact on my life. My passion is to work with kids. I love kids. Just being able to be part of the children's hospital as a patient and a volunteer has impacted my life for the better." (swimming.ca, 29 Mar 2018)

GIVING BACK
She is passionate about helping people with impairments. In addition to volunteering at Alberta Children's Hospital, she also helps coach young swimmers with impairments. "I find it very important for me to raise people's awareness about the Paralympic movement whenever I can. Even if my story touches one young person and gets them involved in sports, that is very meaningful to me. It is a rewarding experience for me, knowing I am helping others out through my swimming career." (csicalgary.ca, 04 Apr 2018; globalnews.ca, 12 Apr 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Butterfly S8 Heat 1 2012-08-30 4
Women's 400 m Freestyle S8 Heat 2 2012-08-31 2
Women's 400 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 2012-08-31 4
Women's 50 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 2012-09-02 8
Women's 50 m Freestyle S8 Heat 3 2012-09-02 4
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 2012-09-03 7
Women's 100 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 2012-09-06 2
Women's 100 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 2012-09-06 6
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 2012-09-07 7
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m Freestyle S8 Final 1 2013-08-14 5
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final 1 2013-08-15 2
Women's 100 m Butterfly S8 Final 1 2013-08-16 6
Women's 100 m Freestyle S8 Final 1 2013-08-17 4
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final 1 2013-08-18 4
Women's 50 m Freestyle S8 Final 1 2013-08-18 2
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Butterfly S8 Final 1 2015-07-13 5
Women's 100 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 2015-07-16 4
Women's 100 m Freestyle S8 Final 1 2015-07-16 4
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final 1 2015-07-16 4
Women's 400 m Freestyle S8 Final 1 2015-07-17 7
Women's 400 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 2015-07-17 7
Women's 50 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 2015-07-19 4
Women's 50 m Freestyle S8 Final 1 2015-07-19 5
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final 1 2015-07-19 8
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m Freestyle S8 Heat 2 2016-09-08 6
Women's 100 m Freestyle S8 Heat 2 2016-09-11 4
Women's 100 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 2016-09-11 5
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 2016-09-15 5
Women's 50 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 2016-09-16 7
Women's 50 m Freestyle S8 Heat 2 2016-09-16 3
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 2016-09-16 5
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Heat 1 2016-09-17 5