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Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Canada   
Born07 Jun 1990 in Moose Jaw, CAN
Height1.84 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Higher education
Computer Science - University of Victoria: Canada
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He learnt to swim at age five at a family pool in a housing compound in Saudi Arabia, where his father was working. He began open water swimming at age 19.
Why this sport?
Coach Ron Jacks introduced him to open water swimming. "I got into open water swimming because I was tired of swimming in the pool for eight hours a day. Instead, I was able to focus on one race and get to travel all over the world. I fell in love with the sport right away."
General Interest
Richie, James (olympic.ca, 15 Aug 2016)
Hero / Idol
German swimmer Thomas Lurz. (swimming.ca, 08 Aug 2015)
Awards and honours
He was named Open Water Swimmer of the Year at the 2017 Swimming Canada Big Splash Awards. He was also named Open Water Swimmer of the Year by Swimming Canada in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016. (openwaterswimming.com, 2011; swimswam.com, 30 Sep 2016; swimming.ca, 11 Dec 2015; timescolonist.com, 27 Nov 2013; pacificcoastswimming.com, 24 Jan 2018)

He was named the 2016/17 Open Water Swimmer of the Year by Swim BC in Canada. (pacificcoastswimming.com, 25 Sep 2017)

He received the Open Water Swimmer of the Year award at the 2015 Olympic Excellence Series and Media Summit in Toronto, ON, Canada. (ca.news.yahoo.com, 11 Dec 2015)
Other information
In 2010 he swam a 16km Grand Prix event in the Sumidero Canyon in Chiapas, Mexico, which is home to crocodiles. He finished sixth. "Open water swimming is pretty hardcore. We race, rain or shine. Whether there is sea life there that wants to kill us and if there is thunder and lightning. It doesn't matter. The show still goes on. The hardest thing is trying to hammer out 100-kilometre weeks and being consistent. It's every week, doing the best week of your life, then come Monday morning you have to do it all over again. It's just an onslaught of consistency and constant focus." (vice.com, 12 Aug 2015)

 Competition Highlights
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
23 2017 Budapest, HUN 10km 1:52:36.0
11 2017 Budapest, HUN 5km - Team Relay 55:58.3
8 2015 Kazan, RUS 10km 1:50:19.9
5 2013 Barcelona, ESP 10km 1:49:19.9
26 2013 Barcelona, ESP 25km 5:02:32.6
17 2011 Shanghai, CHN 10km 1:54:51.3
17 2011 Shanghai, CHN 5km 56:33.7
10 2011 Shanghai, CHN 5km - Team Time Trial 1:02:08.7
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
28 2017   10km  
18 2017 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:46:10.2
8 2017 Lac St. Jean, QC, CAN 10km 1:56:49.2
3 2016 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 1:50:27.17
5 2016 Lac St. Jean, QC, CAN 10km 1:57.26
12 2015 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 1:56:15.6
7 2015 Lac-Mégantic, QC, CAN 10km 2:09:02.0
2 2015 Qiandaohu, CHN 10km 1:53:08
14 2015 San Miguel de Cozumel, MEX 10km 1:42:20.01
10 2014 Cancún, MEX 10km 1:56:52
9 2014 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 1:56:19.7
8 2014 Lac Magoc, QC, CAN 10km 1:55:17.13
4 2014 Lac St. Jean, QC, CAN 10km 1:56:57.8
6 2014 Qiandaohu, CHN 10km 1:53:03.56
5 2013 San Miguel de Cozumel, MEX 10km 1:56:44.80
1 2012 Lac St. Jean, QC, CAN 10km 1:56:05
3 2012 Santos, BRA 10km 2:11:42.34
2 2012 Viedma, ARG 10km 1:55:32
7 2010 Lac St. Jean, QC, CAN 10km 2:06:09.1
8 2009 Lac St. Jean, QC, CAN 10km 2:01:04.81
Pan Pacific Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2010 Irvine, CA, USA 10km 1:56:02.98