Quick facts

Birthdate

September 15, 2002

Birthplace

Hamilton, ON

Residence

Port Colborne, Ont.

Sport

Para Swimming

Experience

Lima 2019

Paris 2024

Santiago 2023

Emma Grace Van Dyk has made her mark at the Parapan American Games and now she’s ready to do the same for the first time at the Paralympics in 2024.

At the Paralympic team trials in May 2024, she broke the Canadian record in the S14 100m backstroke and also holds the marks since 2022 in the 400 IM and the 200 butterfly.

At the 2023 Parapan Ams in Santiago Chile, Van Dyk won bronze in the 100-metre backstroke. She also placed sixth in the 200-metre freestyle, 200-metre individual medley, and 100-metre butterfly.

Four years earlier in Peru, she reached the final and set personal best times in her five events. The highlight was a bronze medal in the S14 100m butterfly. She also posted two other top-five finishes.

At the Madeira 2022 World Para Swimming Championships, Van Dyk was a member of the mixed 4×100-m freestyle S14 relay that placed fourth and broke the Canadian record. Individually.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

 2023, 2019 Parapan American Games… 2022 World Championships…

PERSONAL

Started swimming at a young age as a form of physio then started taking lessons… Also a rower, won a gold with her twin sister in junior doubles at the Ontario Championships… Worked at Parks Canada at Fort George as a player in 1812 War re-enactment… Has one brother and three sisters.

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2023 Parapan American Games 100 backstroke 3rd

2023 Parapan American Games 200m freestyle 6th

2023 Parapan American Games 100m butterfly 6th

2023 Parapan American Games 200m IM 6th

2022 World Championships 4X100m mixed freestyle relay 4th

2019 Parapan American Games 100m butterfly 3rd

2019 Parapan American Games 100 backstroke 4th

2019 Parapan American Games 200m IM 5th

2019 Parapan American Games 100m breaststroke 6th

2019 Parapan American Games 200m freestyle 7th