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Tess Routliffe

Swimming
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S7, SB7, SM7

Further personal information

Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Communications, Human Resources - Concordia University: Montreal, QC, CAN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming competitively at age 13 with Dorado Stars in Caledon, ON, Canada.
Why this sport?
"As a kid with two very athletic sisters, I was brought up playing different sports, which I loved. I tried lots of sports and followed them, but in grade nine swimming was the one that stuck. I grew up trying so many things and not finding where I was supposed to be. Once I got into swimming it was natural to me."
Club / Team
Laval University [CAN] / High Performance Centre - Quebec [CAN]:
Name of coach
Mike Thompson [Quebec]

International debut

Year
2014
Competing for
Canada

General interest

Most influential person in career
Her parents. (citynews.ca, 08 Feb 2016)
Hero / Idol
Her older sisters Erin and Tara. (floswimming.com, 31 May 2017)
Injuries
In June 2021 she sustained a back injury when a weight bar fell on her, forcing her to miss the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. She returned to competition in April 2022. (paralympic.ca, 06 Apr 2022; torontoobserver.ca, 02 Sep 2021)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She cracks her knuckles before a race. (caledonenterprise.com, 20 Aug 2015)
Awards and honours
She has twice been named Para Swimmer of the Year by Swim Ontario in Canada. (citynews.ca, 08 Feb 2016)
Famous relatives
Her older sister Erin has represented Canada and New Zealand in tennis, and reached the third round of the women's doubles at the 2021 US Open in New York, NY, United States of America. Her older sister Tara has played volleyball for the University of the Cumberlands in the United States of America. (espn.com, 12 Sep 2021; caledoncitizen.com, 11 Jul 2019; tennis.life, 11 Apr 2019; inthehills.ca, 22 Nov 2016)
Impairment
She was born with hypochondroplasia, a condition which affects the conversion of cartilage into bone, causing shortened limbs. (worlddwarfgames.org, 08 Apr 2013)
Other information
NEW ZEALAND TO CANADA
Her parents were sailors and travelled the world before settling down in New Zealand to start a family. She moved to Canada with her family at six months old. (paralympic.ca, 09 Sep 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Freestyle S7 Final 1 2015-07-13 4
Women's 100 m Freestyle S7 Heat 1 2015-07-13 4
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Final 1 2015-07-14 4
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Heat 2 2015-07-14 3
Women's 400 m Freestyle S7 Final 1 2015-07-15 4
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Final 1 2015-07-16 2
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Heat 1 2015-07-16 2
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final 1 2015-07-16 4
Women's 50 m Butterfly S7 Final 1 2015-07-17 6
Women's 50 m Butterfly S7 Heat 2 2015-07-17 7
Women's 100 m Backstroke S7 Final 1 2015-07-18 6
Women's 100 m Backstroke S7 Heat 1 2015-07-18 6
Women's 50 m Freestyle S7 Heat 2 2015-07-19 4
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final 1 2015-07-19 8
Women's 50 m Freestyle S7 Final 1 2015-07-19 4
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Backstroke S7 Heat 1 2016-09-08 5
Women's 50 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 2016-09-09 5
Women's 50 m Freestyle S7 Heat 1 2016-09-09 3
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Heat 2 2016-09-10 3
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Final Round 2016-09-10 4
Women's 50 m Butterfly S7 Heat 1 2016-09-12 4
Women's 50 m Butterfly S7 Final Round 2016-09-12 7
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Final Round 2016-09-13 2
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Heat 1 2016-09-13 1
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 2016-09-15 5
Women's 100 m Freestyle S7 Heat 2 2016-09-16 4
Women's 100 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 2016-09-16 6