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Tess Routliffe



Para swimming


Auckland, New Zealand

Tess Routliffe established herself as a clear medal contender for the 2020 Paralympic Games with a triple medal performance at the 2019 IPC World Para swimming Championships. Routliffe took silver in the SB7 100-m breaststroke, bronze in the SM7 200-m individual medley then helped Canada to another third place finish in the 4X100-m freestyle relay. She also broke two Canadians records and set three personal bests.

At the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, 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
2016 Summer
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


2018 Commonwealth Games… 2016 Paralympic Games… 2015, 2019 IPC World Championships and Parapan American Games…



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.



2019 IPC World Championships 2nd 100m breaststroke

2019 IPC World Championships 3rd 200-m individual medley

2015 IPC World Championships 3rd 4X100-m freestyle relay

2019 IPC World Championships 4th 50-m butterfly

2019 IPC World Championships 6th 100-m freestyle

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