Robert Hampson

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S11, SB11, SM11

Further personal information

Residence
Kingston, ON, CAN
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up swimming at age seven.
Why this sport?
"I just wanted to swim across the lake. Once I started swimming I realised how much I loved sports."
Club / Team
Kingston Y Penguins Aquatic Club: Canada

General interest

Hobbies
Sports, playing guitar, wood working. (poptabsforwheelchairs.ca, 01 Jan 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You define people by their ability and not their disability." (torontosun.com, 01 Dec 2011; brantad.epubs.flippagepublishing.com, 01 Jun 2013)
Impairment
At age four he lost his sight due to a brain tumour. He also successfully battled a second tumour at age 14. (cfpdp.com, 01 Dec 2012; poptabsforwheelchairs.ca, 01 Jan 2012)
Other information
NO LIMITS
He does not let his visual impairment stop him from trying new activities, including skiing, rock climbing, and tandem cycling. He has also tried scuba diving, skydiving and race car driving. "I have never felt disabled in my whole life. I think that if you want to do something badly enough you can find a way. Oh, and by the way, never tell me that something is impossible, and never let anyone tell you that." (autofocus.ca, 10 Jul 2014, torontosun.com, 01 Dec 2011; poptabsforwheelchairs.ca, 01 Jan 2012)

CHARITY WORK
He dedicates large amounts of time to help other people with impairments and to inspire people from all walks of life. His charity work saw him recognised by the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2011, which gave him an Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy award. He is also a member of the Hall of Fame of the Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons. (poptabsforwheelchairs.ca, 01 Jan 2012, torontosun.com, 01 Dec 2011; cfpdp.com, 01 Dec 2012)