Donovan Tildesley

Donovan Tildesley qualified for his fourth Paralympic Games this past spring and is one of Canada’s most successful para-swimmers of all time. Tildesley holds the world record in the men’s 800m freestyle and 1500m freestyle in the S11 disability category for swimmers with a visual impairment.

Tildesley’s career highlights include five gold and one silver medal at the 2002 IPC World Championships, five gold medals at the 2007 Parapan American Games, one bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, two silvers and one bronze medal at the 2004 Athens Paralympics, and a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.

He was also Canada’s flag bearer at the opening ceremony in Beijing.

Tildesley graduated in English literature from the University of British Columbia in 1988 and now works as an insurance broker for Buntain Insurance Agencies in Vancouver. He has also ventured recently into the world of stand-up comedy and continues his career as a motivational speaker.

Born with a condition known as Leiber’s Amaurosis, Tildesley races in the S11 category, for totally blind swimmers. He started racing in 1993 and was coached by his father, Dr. Hugh Tildesley, a former competitive swimmer with assistance from his uncle, Murray Tildesley, a former national record holder.

Medals

GamesSportEventMedal
2007 Rio Parapan AmsSwimming100m Butterfly - Mengold
2007 Rio Parapan AmsSwimming200m Individual Medley - Mengold
2007 Rio Parapan AmsSwimming50m Freestyle - Mengold
2007 Rio Parapan AmsSwimming100m Freestyle - Mengold
2007 Rio Parapan AmsSwimming400m Freestyle - Mengold
2004 Athens ParalympicsSwimming400m Freestyle - Mensilver
2004 Athens ParalympicsSwimming200m Individual Medley - Mensilver
2008 Beijing ParalympicsSwimming400m Freestyle - Menbronze
2004 Athens ParalympicsSwimming100m Freestyle - Menbronze
2000 Sydney ParalympicsSwimming200m Individual Medley - Menbronze

Summary

Games Sport Event Result
2012 London Paralympics Swimming 100m Freestyle - Men 7
2012 London Paralympics Swimming 100m Backstroke - Men 7
2012 London Paralympics Swimming 100m Butterfly - Men 8
2012 London Paralympics Swimming 200m Individual Medley - Men 7
2008 Beijing Paralympics Swimming 400m Freestyle - Men 3
2008 Beijing Paralympics Swimming 100m Backstroke - Men 5
2008 Beijing Paralympics Swimming 100m Butterfly - Men 7
2008 Beijing Paralympics Swimming 50m Freestyle - Men 7
2008 Beijing Paralympics Swimming 100m Freestyle - Men 4
2004 Athens Paralympics Swimming 50m Freestyle - Men 4
2004 Athens Paralympics Swimming 100m Freestyle - Men 3
2004 Athens Paralympics Swimming 400m Freestyle - Men 2
2004 Athens Paralympics Swimming 100m Backstroke - Men 4
2004 Athens Paralympics Swimming 100m Butterfly - Men 4
2004 Athens Paralympics Swimming 200m Individual Medley - Men 2
2000 Sydney Paralympics Swimming 100m Backstroke - Men 4
2000 Sydney Paralympics Swimming 100m Breaststroke - Men 5
2000 Sydney Paralympics Swimming 200m Individual Medley - Men 3
2000 Sydney Paralympics Swimming 50m Freestyle - Men 5
2000 Sydney Paralympics Swimming 100m Freestyle - Men 6
Games Sport Event Result
2007 Rio Parapan Ams Swimming 100m Butterfly - Men 1
2007 Rio Parapan Ams Swimming 200m Individual Medley - Men 1
2007 Rio Parapan Ams Swimming 50m Freestyle - Men 1
2007 Rio Parapan Ams Swimming 100m Freestyle - Men 1
2007 Rio Parapan Ams Swimming 400m Freestyle - Men 1