Brianna Nelson

Brianna Nelson was among of group of teenage sensations on the Canadian 2008 Paralympic Games team in Beijing. In Bejing, she raced six events and her top finish was seventh place in the 50m and 100m freestyle and 100m breaststroke.

Nelson has continued to progress since then and she is now a young veteran on the 2012 Games squad. At the Canadian 2012 Paralympic swim trials, she assured her spot on the team with strong performances including gold in the 50m butterfly.

Since September, Nelson has been training at Saanich Commonwealth Place where she says her career has been revitalized because she is at a major facility. In fact, her time in the 50m freestyle alone has improved by a full second.

Nelson, born with cerebral palsy which affects her right side, currently attends the University of Victoria where she studies history and psychology.

Nelson started swimming when Stephen Burke, her cycling coach, recommended swimming as an activity to improve core strength and balance for cycling. She joined the Cochrane Pirhanas, a summer club, and gave up cycling that year to pursue her career in swimming.

Medals

GamesSportEventMedal
2012 London ParalympicsSwimming50m Butterfly - Womensilver
2012 London ParalympicsSwimming200m Individual Medley - Womensilver

Summary

Games Sport Event Result
2012 London Paralympics Swimming 50m Freestyle - Women 6
2012 London Paralympics Swimming 100m Freestyle - Women 7
2012 London Paralympics Swimming 400m Freestyle - Women 6
2012 London Paralympics Swimming 100m Backstroke - Women 8
2012 London Paralympics Swimming 100m Breaststroke - Women 8
2012 London Paralympics Swimming 50m Butterfly - Women 2
2012 London Paralympics Swimming 200m Individual Medley - Women 2
2012 London Paralympics Swimming 4 x 100m Medley Relay - Women 7
2012 London Paralympics Swimming 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34pts - Women 7
2008 Beijing Paralympics Swimming 200m Individual Medley - Women 12
2008 Beijing Paralympics Swimming 50m Freestyle - Women 7
2008 Beijing Paralympics Swimming 100m Freestyle - Women 7
2008 Beijing Paralympics Swimming 400m Freestyle - Women 8
2008 Beijing Paralympics Swimming 100m Backstroke - Women 6
2008 Beijing Paralympics Swimming 100m Breaststroke - Women 7