Quick facts

Birthdate

March 13, 1985

Birthplace

Smithers, BC

Residence

Smithers, BC

Sport

Para Swimming

Experience

Rio 2016

Toronto 2015

At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Jonathan Dieleman was focused on the 50-m breaststroke. He made it to the finals in the event where he finished 5th in Canadian record time.

Dieleman made a spectacular international debut at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games with a silver medal in the 50-m breaststroke. That performance was a Canadian record, which he went on to better twice in early 2016. He dedicated his record performance at the 2016 Para-swimming team trials to his recently deceased grandfather.

The oldest of six boys, Dieleman grew up on a farm, was involved in 4-H and has played guitar since he was 13. A rodeo fan, he rode bareback and bulls before breaking his back in a dirt biking accident in 2010. Dieleman was four years old when he first learned to swim in a lake near his home. He returned to the pool about six months after his accident. Besides swimming, Dieleman also competes in para-triathlon.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2016 Paralympic Games… 2015 Parapan American Games…

PERSONAL

Grew up in Smithers, B.C….After the Parapan American Games he moved to Richmond, B.C., and began training with coach Robert Pettifer at the Richmond Rapids Swim Club…

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2016 Paralympic Games 5th 50-m breaststroke

2015 Parapan American Games  2nd 50-m breaststroke