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Abi Tripp - Paralympic swimmer

The Olympic Games may be over, but the Paralympic Games start on September 7.

Meet Paralympic swimmer, Abi Tripp! This is her first time representing Canada in this year’s Paralympic Games. At the Para-swimming Trials, she crushed the Canadian record in S8 200m individual medley twice, ranking her eighth in the world. This performance snagged her a spot on the Paralympic team!

Abi has cerebral palsy, a condition that affects her arms and legs, but didn’t get in her way of pursuing her love of swimming. Like most kids, she began to swim at age seven. Her appetite for competition landed her a spot on the 2015 national Para-swimming team, and later at the Parapan Am Games, where she finished fourth in the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 100m breaststroke and 200m individual medley. She is coached by Vicki Keith, a renown Canadian marathon swimmer.

When Abi is not in the pool, she likes to spend time with her family and friends. She enjoys to read, spend time outdoors and enjoy a piece of chocolate cake - although not all at once. Abi inspires to be an occupational therapist or swim coach to inspire others in her sport.

Make sure to cheer on Canada's Paralympic athletes!