Amber Thomas

Amber Thomas broke the Canadian record in the 400m freestyle at the 2012 Paralympic Swim Trials and neared the 28-year-old mark in the 100m freestyle, as well showing she is primed for a big performance at the London Games.

She battled back from a lung infection last year to qualify for the Para Pan Pacific championships in Edmonton. There, she was one of Canada’s most successful swimmers, winning five gold medals and two silver. At age 15 Thomas competed at her first Paralympics, in Beijing in 2008, and took seventh spot in the 100m freestyle and 12th in the 50m freestyle.

When Thomas was almost 10 years old, she lost her sight due to a brain tumor.

Thomas would like to one day open a therapeutic riding centre for disabled children and for troubled kids. She plans on getting her equine and canine massage therapy certification as well as enter business studies after the Games.

She was discovered by Canadian national team coach Craig McCord when she was in summer swimming as a youngster.

Medals

GamesSportEventMedal
2012 London ParalympicsSwimming400m Freestyle - Womensilver
2012 London ParalympicsSwimming200m Individual Medley - Womenbronze

Summary

Games Sport Event Result
2012 London Paralympics Swimming 400m Freestyle - Women 2
2012 London Paralympics Swimming 100m Backstroke - Women 9
2012 London Paralympics Swimming 100m Breaststroke - Women 5
2012 London Paralympics Swimming 200m Individual Medley - Women 3
2012 London Paralympics Swimming 50m Freestyle - Women 6
2012 London Paralympics Swimming 100m Freestyle - Women 4
2008 Beijing Paralympics Swimming 50m Freestyle - Women 12
2008 Beijing Paralympics Swimming 100m Freestyle - Women 7