Athlete Profile

Abi Tripp

Abi Tripp in the pool

Since she burst on the national scene in 2015, para swimmer Abi Tripp hasn’t stopped improving.  Tripp, who has cerebral palsy affecting all four limbs, knows how proud her successes have made her parents, coach and community.  This is what drives her to excel at the highest level at each competition.
 
She made her international debut in 2015 at the Toronto Para Pan-American Games, finishing 4th in the 50-m freestyle, 100-m freestyle, 100-m breaststroke and 200-m Individual Medley.  Tripp started 2016 with a bang by breaking the 13-year-old Canadian record in the women’s SM8 200-m individual medley clocking 2:58.77 at the Canadian Para-swimming Trials.  During the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games a few weeks later, she raced in seven events reaching five finals.
 
In 2017, she further lowered the Canadian record in the 100-m freestyle and won silver medals in the 50-m free and 100-m free at the Can-Am International Championships. 
 
Most recently, Tripp won a bronze medal in the S8 50-m freestyle at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, one of five medal performances by Canadian Para swimmers in Australia.  Para sport events are official events at the Commonwealth Games and each medal counts towards each country’s total.