Rhea Schmidt

Rhea Schmidt returned from a four-year retirement last season to qualify for the Canadian team at the Para Pan Pacific Championships in Edmonton and establish herself as a contender in the S13 category at the Paralympic Games.

Schmidt stopped swimming in 2007 after ankle injury slowed her progression and she began to lose confidence. However she couldn’t douse her competitive fire and in January 2011 she decided to pursue a spot on the London 2012 Paralympic team.

Her most memorable swimming accomplishment to date was competing at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. Schmidt produced four top-eight performances at those Games. At 18, she was the youngest member of that entire Canadian Paralympic team, all sports combined.

Schmidt, who has a genetic congenital eye disorder called Achromatopsia, started swimming in Red Cross lessons and then in the Manitoba Blind Sports swim program. Her first major swim meet was the 1997 Canada Summer Games in Brandon, Man.

She currently trains at the University of Manitoba Swim Club under coach Vlastimil Cerny. She studies psychology and kinesiology at the University of Winnipeg.

Summary

Games Sport Event Result
2012 London Paralympics Swimming 100m Freestyle - Women 8
2012 London Paralympics Swimming 100m Breaststroke - Women 11
2012 London Paralympics Swimming 200m Individual Medley - Women 11
2004 Athens Paralympics Swimming 200m Individual Medley - Women 5
2004 Athens Paralympics Swimming 50m Freestyle - Women 9
2004 Athens Paralympics Swimming 100m Freestyle - Women 6
2004 Athens Paralympics Swimming 100m Backstroke - Women 5
2004 Athens Paralympics Swimming 100m Breaststroke - Women 5