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Timothy Hodge

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S9, SB8, SM9

Further personal information

Residence
Blacktown, NSW, AUS
Occupation
Coach, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Electrical Engineering - Western Sydney University: Penrith, NSW, AUS

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He was introduced to swimming at age four, and began competing in 2010. "The school pathway was where I first experienced competitive swimming, and showed me that I really enjoyed it. Without this start, I don't think I would have had the same motivation to train and compete that would push me to try and make the Australian Paralympic team."
Why this sport?
He began swimming as part of his rehabilitation from his amputation and to help him feel confident in his own body. "I remember saying to my mum I'll never be good at anything because I couldn't walk. I was bound to the wheelchair most of the time just recuperating from surgery. And I initially started swimming as rehabilitation. Since then I've never thought that, 'No, I can't do anything'. I've always thought that [having an impairment] is tough, but swimming is tough as well. I went from a four-and-a-half year old in a wheelchair to competing at state competitions for school at age nine. Based on that, you really can turn things around. That motivates me to put in a lot of hard work for the future."
Club / Team
Auburn Swim Club [AUS] / Blacktown Aquatic Centre [AUS]:
Name of coach
Clinton Camilleri [Auburn], AUS; Brendan Burkett [national], AUS

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Glasgow, SCO

General interest

Nicknames
Tim (Facebook profile, 01 Jan 2018)
Hobbies
Fishing. (swimming.org.au, 15 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Placing fourth in the men's 4x100m medley relay 34 points event at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (csnsw.sport, 21 Sep 2021)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (commonwealthgames.com.au, 01 Jan 2018)
Hero / Idol
Australian Para swimmer Matthew Cowdrey. (paralympic.org.au, 01 Jan 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't quit. You can take breaks, you can take vacations from difficult points in your life just to kind of reset and re-evaluate, but don't necessarily quit. If you give it time, your point of view will change, so will your work ethic, and it can potentially lead to anything." (swimming.org.au, 24 Jun 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2019 he was named Sportsperson of the Year at the Blacktown City Sports Awards Gala Dinner in New South Wales, Australia. (parra.catholic.edu.au, 19 Feb 2019)

He was named Junior Sports Star by Australian newspaper Blacktown Advocate for 2015 and 2016. (dailytelegraph.com.au, 22 Feb 2017)

He was named the 2012 Young Citizen of the Year by Blacktown Council in New South Wales, Australia. (dailytelegraph.com.au, 30 Aug 2016)
Other sports
He has competed in Para athletics in Australia, and set a national schools record in 2013. (paralympic.org.au, 01 Jan 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (csnsw.sport, 21 Sep 2021)
Impairment
He was born with dysmelia that resulted in the amputation of his right leg below the knee at age four. His right arm is also shorter than his left arm, and he is missing two fingers on his right hand. (swimming.org.au, 24 Jun 2019; paralympic.org.au, 01 Jan 2017)
Other information
DOCUMENTARY
In 2019 he was featured in a short documentary called 'In My Lane'. (swimming.org.au, 24 Jun 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S9 Final 1 2015-07-13 6
Men's 100 m Backstroke S9 Heat 2 2015-07-13 5
Men's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 2015-07-14 14
Men's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2015-07-16 16
Men's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 2 2015-07-17 15
Men's 400 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2015-07-18 12
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 1 2015-07-18 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Heat 2 2015-07-19 12
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 2016-09-09 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Heat 1 2016-09-11 3
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Final Round 2016-09-11 5
Men's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2016-09-12 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2016-09-13 5
Men's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 2 2016-09-15 6
Men's 100 m Backstroke S9 Final Round 2016-09-16 6
Men's 100 m Backstroke S9 Heat 1 2016-09-16 3
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 2016-09-17 4