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Tess Routliffe

Birthdate

Sport(s)

Para swimming

Hometown

Auckland, New Zealand

At the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Tess Routliffe finished third in the S7 50-m butterfly in a personal best time.

Two years earlier at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Routliffe brought home her first Paralympic medal, a silver in the 200-m individual medley in Canadian record time. She made the finals in four other events: 100-m breaststroke (4th), 50-m freestyle (5th), 100-m freestyle (6th) and 50-m butterfly (7th).

Routliffe burst on the international stage in 2015. At the Parapan American Games in Toronto she won four gold medals with victories in the 50-m freestyle, 100-m freestyle, 100-m backstroke, 100-m breaststroke, as well as silver in the 200-m individual medley.

She raced in in nine events a couple of weeks earlier at the 2015 IPC World Championships, winning silver in the 200-m IM. She also posted five fourth-place finishes.

Routliffe showed her potential at the 2014 Pan Pacific Para swimming Championships by reaching the final in six individual events at age 16. The highlight was a silver medal in the S7 100-m breaststroke.

Year Type
Host City
Medals
2016 Summer
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2018 Commonwealth Games… 2016 Paralympic Games… 2015 IPC World Championships and Parapan American Games…

 

PERSONAL

Started swimming at age 3 with Dorado Stars in Caledon Ont… She was born with hypochondroplasia, a condition which affects the conversion of cartilage into bone, causing shortened limbs (dwarfism)… Eldest sister, Erin, competes professionally on the WTA tour. Sister, Tara, plays volleyball under a university athletic scholarship in the United States… Communications and human relations at Concordia University in Montreal.

 

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2018 Commonwealth Games 3rd 50-m butterfly

2016 Paralympic Games 2nd 200-m individual medley

2015 Parapan American Games 1st 50-m freestyle

2015 Parapan American Games 1st 100-m freestyle

2015 Parapan American Games 1st 100-m backstroke

2015 Parapan American Games 1st 100-m breaststroke

2015 Parapan American Games 2nd 200-m individual medley

2015 IPC World Championships 2nd 200-m individual medley

2014 Pan Pacific Para-swimming Championships 2nd 100-m breaststroke