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Zach Zona

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S8, SB7, SM8

Further personal information

Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Engineering - Concordia University: Montreal, QC, CAN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age 10 in Simcoe, ON, Canada.
Why this sport?
"There is no feeling like finishing a race knowing you did your best."
Club / Team
Norfolk Hammerheads Aquatic Club [CAN] / High Performance Centre - Quebec [CAN]:
Name of coach
Mike Thompson [Quebec], CAN

International debut

Year
2014
Competing for
Canada
Tournament
Pan Pacific Championships
Location
Pasadena, CA, USA

General interest

Hero / Idol
Canadian violinist Adrian Anantawan. (cg2013.gems.pro, 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You don't worry about fitting in when you are custom made." (Twitter profile, 03 Jun 2017)
Awards and honours
He was presented the Gus Ryder Trophy at the 2020 Swim Ontario Awards in Canada. (SwimOntario YouTube channel, 22 Sep 2020)

He was named 2019 Swim Ontario Para Swimmer of the Year in Canada. (Smart Sports Podcast Facebook page, 13 Mar 2020)
Impairment
He was born with a congenital limb deficiency which resulted in an impairment to his right hand and short femur bones in both of his legs. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2015)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Heat 2 2015-07-15 15
Men's 100 m Freestyle S8 Heat 2 2015-07-16 12
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Heat 1 2015-07-17 6
Men's 400 m Freestyle S8 Heat 2 2015-07-17 12
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final 1 2015-07-17 6
Men's 50 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 2015-07-19 18