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Rhea Schmidt

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
S13, SB13, SM13

Further personal information

Residence
Winnipeg, MB, CAN
Occupation
Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Human Movement Studies - University of Winnipeg: Canada

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age eight with the Manitoba Blind Sports swimming programme and competed in her first national championships at age 11.
Club / Team
University of Manitoba Bisons: Winnipeg, MB, CAN
Name of coach
Vlastimil Cerny [club]; Craig McCord [national], GBR

General interest

Hobbies
Running. (swimming.ca, 2014)
Awards and honours
In 2014, she was named Para Swimmer of the Year at the Swim Natation Manitoba awards. (bisonswimming.ca, 01 Oct 2014)

She was awarded the Princess Pan Am Scholarship in 2005. (natation.ca, 21 Jul 2010)
Impairment
She has a congenital eye condition called Achromatopsia. (paralympic.ca, 2012)
Other information
INJURY BREAK
She had an ankle injury in 2007 which slowed her progression and eventually led to her stopping swimming altogether. In 2011, she decided to return to the sport try for a spot on the Paralympic team for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (paralympic.ca, 2012)

CAREER PLANS
She studies kinesiology at University of Winnipeg and hopes to study occupational therapy after graduating in 2015. "I want to work with kids. Occupational therapists helped me realise my potential, and I want to do the same for other children." (Twitter profile, 10 Apr 2014; uwinnipeg.ca, 2012, swimming.ca, 2014)

YOUNG STAR
At age 18 she was the youngest member of the 2004 Canadian Paralympic team. (abilities.ca, 17 Sep 2008)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Mar del Plata 2002 (Mar del Plata, Argentina)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Freestyle S13 Heats 7
Women's 50 m Freestyle S13 Final Round 6
Women's 100 m Freestyle S13 Heats 8
Women's 100 m Freestyle S13 Final Round 7
Women's 400 m Freestyle S13 Heats 6
Women's 400 m Freestyle S13 Final Round 5
Women's 100 m Backstroke S13 Heats 4
Women's 100 m Backstroke S13 Final Round 4
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB13 Final Round 5
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Heats 6
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Final Round 5
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Backstroke S13 Heat 1 3
Women's 100 m Backstroke S13 Final Round 5
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB13 Final Round 5
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Final Round 5
Women's 100 m Freestyle S13 Final Round 6
Women's 100 m Freestyle S13 Heat 2 3
Women's 50 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 5
IPC Swimming World Championships Durban 2006 (Durban, South Africa)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m Freestyle S13 Final Round 7
Women's 400 m Freestyle S13 Heats 8
Women's 100 m Butterfly S13 Final Round 6
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB13 Final Round 7
Women's 100 m Backstroke S13 Final Round 6
Women's 100 m Backstroke S13 Heats 7
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 2012-09-01 5
Women's 100 m Freestyle S13 Heat 2 2012-09-02 5
Women's 100 m Freestyle S13 Final Round 2012-09-02 8
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Heat 2 2012-09-07 6
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB13 Heat 2 2012-09-08 6
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB13 Heat 1 2013-08-13 5
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB13 Final 1 2013-08-13 6
Women's 50 m Freestyle S13 Heat 2 2013-08-15 10
Women's 100 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 2013-08-18 8
Women's 100 m Freestyle S13 Final 1 2013-08-18 6