Quick facts

Birthdate

November 15, 2003

Birthplace

Parksville, BC

Residence

Red Deer, AB

Sport

Para Swimming

Classification

S14 SB14

Experience

Paris 2024

Tokyo 2020

Lima 2019

Nicholas Bennett produced a major international breakthrough at the Swimming Canada 2024 Paralympic swimming trials in May, setting a new world record in the Men’s 200m Freestyle S14 event while booking his ticket to his second Paralympics.

The 20-year-old has emerged as one of the leading S14 swimmers in the world, winning his first career world titles with victories in the Men’s 200m Freestyle S14 and the Men’s 200 Individual Medley S14 events at the Manchester 2023 World Para Swimming Championships.

S14 swimmers have an intellectual impairment, which typically leads to the athletes having difficulties with regards to pattern recognition, sequencing, and memory, or having a slower reaction time, which impact on sport performance in general.

Paris will be Nicholas’s second Paralympics after debuting at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics when he was just 17. Despite being the youngest member of Canada’s swimming team in Tokyo, Nicholas showed composure beyond his years setting Canadian record times in all four events in which he competed, with a best finish of fifth in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke SB14 event.

Born in British Columbia, Nicholas has since moved to Red Deer, Alberta, and is coached by his older sister Haley Bennett. Nicholas was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder when he was three. Adding to his two world titles, Nicholas is also a Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, winning gold in the Men’s 200m Freestyle S14 event, and a three-time Parapan American Games gold medallist, winning three golds at the Lima 2019 Games and holds 24 Canadian records.