Michael Heath

Michael Heath added the title Paralympian next to his name in 2012 with solid performances at the Games trials this past spring including gold in the 100 breaststroke. The 2010 world championship team member continued to improve last year. At the Special Olympics in 2011, Heath earned two gold medals for Canada with victories in the 50 metre butterfly and 50 metre freestyle. The event attracted 7,500 athletes from 185 nations.

He also raced at the Pan Pacific Para-swimming Championships in Edmonton in August where he reached several finals and raced for Canada in the relays. His travels continued in September this time to Loano, Italy for the Global Games. There he helped Canada to silver in the 4X100 medley relay and 4X200 freestyle relay and added an individual bronze in the 200 IM.

Heath, who has an intellectual disability, stays near the water when he is out of the pool. One of his favourite activities is fishing. He is also interested in video games and the NASCAR circuit. His sister Brooke, one of his biggest influences, is an able-bodied competitive swimmer and has raced at two Olympic trials.


Games Sport Event Result
2012 London Paralympics Swimming 200m Freestyle - Men 17
2012 London Paralympics Swimming 100m Backstroke - Men 13
2012 London Paralympics Swimming 100m Breaststroke - Men 13