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Adam Purdy
Born: January 22, 1981
Discipline: Swimming
Years Active: 1993 - 2016
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  • Born in London, January 22, 1981
  • Attended St. Anthony’s Elementary School, Regina Mundi College, Wilfred Laurier University, University of Prince Edward Island
  • Born with a congenital condition called arthrogryposis which resulted in the fusing of his ankles and elbows and two club feet
  • One of the first participants in the London Lightning Bolts para swim team which his father Ken helped develop with assistance by the Thames Valley Centre and the London YMCA
  • In 1994 at age 13, he placed 6th in the 100 metre backstroke at the first IPC World Championships held in Malta
  • Participated in five events at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics
  • Won 3 gold medals and set two world records at the 1998 World Para Swimming Championships in New Zealand
  • Won gold in the 100 metre backstroke in a world record time at the Sydney 2000 Paralympics and led off the 4X100 medley relay team, winning gold in world record time
  • Placed 4th in 100 metre backstroke at 2000 World Championships in Durban, South Africa
  • Named Swim Ontario’s para swimmer of the year in 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
  • After retiring from swimming for seven years, he returned to the pool in 2013 prepping for the 2015 Toronto Para Pan Am Games where he won three medals: silver in the 100 metre backstroke; bronze in the 50 metre butterfly, setting a Canadian record; and bronze as part of the 4X50 metre freestyle relay team
  • Resides in London with his family and keeps involved in swimming as a  coach at Beal Secondary School