Aaron Rhind

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Aaron Rhind
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2012 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of Rhind
Personal information
Full name Aaron Rhind
Nationality  Australia
Born (1991-02-13) 13 February 1991 (age 26)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, medley
Classifications S6, SB5, SM6
Club Ginninderra Marlins

Aaron Rhind (born 13 February 1991) is an Australian swimmer. He was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in the 200 m individual medley and 50 m butterfly swimming events. He did not medal at the 2012 Games.

Personal[edit]

Rhind was born on 13 February 1991 and is from Yass, New South Wales.[1][2] His mother has multiple sclerosis.[1] He had a ruptured cerebral aneurysm when he was ten years old, which largely affects the left side of his body.[1][2] Prior to his stroke, he played rugby union.[2] He went to high school at Canberra's St Francis Xavier College [1] and Mount Caramel High School.[2][3] He has a Certificate III in Childcare.[1]

Swimming[edit]

Rhind is an S6 classified swimmer competing in the 100 m freestyle, 100 m backstroke, 200 m individual medley and 50 m butterfly events.[1][4] He trains with Australian Olympic swimming medalist Adam Pine[1] at the Canberra International Swimming and Aquatic Centre,[3] has a scholarship with the Australian Capital Territory Academy of Sport, and is a member of Ginninderra Marlins[2] He listens to Kanye West's "Stronger" before he competes.[2]

Rhind started competing in 2003[1] because contact sports were off limits based on doctor's advice.[2] In early 2007, he swam in the S8 classification but was downgraded to S6 ahead of the 2007 ‘Day of Difference’ Junior Games, where he represented New South Wales. The change in classification meant that Rhind had to change his swimming technique as the classification allowed him to only use one arm to swim. He set a S6 100 m butterfly Australian record at the Junior Games.[5] He tried to qualify for the 2008 Summer Paralympics but did not make it.[3] He competed at the 2009 Australian Short Course Championships in the 100 metre butterfly event, where he set a world record that was 3.41 seconds faster than the previous one. He competed at six other events in the competition where he set personal best times.[1]

Rhind at the 2012 London Paralympics

Rhind first represented Australia in 2010.[1] He represented Australia at the 2011 Arafura Games, winning two bronze medals and one silver medal.[1][6] That year, he also competed at the Oceania Paralympic Championships and the German National Swimming Championships.[6] In July 2012,[2] he was formally selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in the 200 m individual medley SM6 and 50 m butterfly S6 events.[2][4][7] He was scheduled to depart for London on 10 August.[2] He did not medal at the 2012 Games.[1]

Personal bests[edit]

Course Event Time Meet Swim Date Reference
Long 50 m Backstroke 41.34 2011 Telstra Australian Swimmi 1-Apr-11 [8]
Long 100 m Backstroke 01:27.7 2011 Telstra Australian Swimmi 1-Apr-11 [8]
Long 50 m Breaststroke 47.72 2012 NSW Country Championships-Individual 25-Feb-12 [8]
Long 100 m Breaststroke 01:46.6 Canberra Christmas Classic 10-Dec-11 [8]
Long 50 m Butterfly 33.76 2012 NSW Country Championships-Individual 26-Feb-12 [8]
Long 100 m Butterfly 01:14.2 2012 EnergyAustralia Swimming Championships 21-Mar-12 [8]
Long 50 m Freestyle 33.61 2012 NSW Country Championships-Individual 25-Feb-12 [8]
Long 100 m Freestyle 01:14.8 2012 EnergyAustralia Swimming Championships 19-Mar-12 [8]
Long 200 m Medley 03:01.4 2012 EnergyAustralia Swimming Championships 20-Mar-12 [8]
Short 50 m Backstroke 39.65 2011 Australian Short Course Championships 3-Jul-11 [8]
Short 100 m Backstroke 01:23.3 2010 Telstra Australian Short Course 14-Jul-10 [8]
Short 50 m Breaststroke 45.57 2011 NSW Country SC Championships 9-Jul-11 [8]
Short 100 m Breaststroke 01:42.7 2010 Telstra Australian Short Course 14-Jul-10 [8]
Short 50 m Butterfly 33.42 2011 NSW Country SC Championships 10-Jul-11 [8]
Short 100 m Butterfly 01:12.8 Ginninderra Winter Short Course Carnival 2011 26-Jun-11 [8]
Short 50 m Freestyle 33.15 2011 NSW Country SC Championships 9-Jul-11 [8]
Short 100 m Freestyle 01:12.6 2011 Australian Short Course Championships 1-Jul-11 [8]
Short 100 m Medley 01:23.7 Ginninderra Winter Short Course Carnival 2011 26-Jun-11 [8]
Short 200 m Medley 02:55.3 2011 Australian Short Course Championships 1-Jul-11 [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Aaron Rhind". Australia: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2012. Archived from the original on 12 July 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "London bound: Rhind to swim at Paralympics". Yass Tribune. 2012-07-13. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  3. ^ a b c "Swimming his way to London". Yass Tribune. 2012-03-30. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  4. ^ a b "Paralympic swim team revealed". Australian Paralympic Committee. 2012-07-10. Archived from the original on 2012-07-11. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  5. ^ "Aaron Rhind sets record straight". Yass, New South Wales: Yass Tribune. 2007-10-24. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  6. ^ a b "Swag of medals". Yass Tribune. 2011-05-18. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  7. ^ "Cowdrey leads Paralympic swim team". ABC Grandstand Sport — ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 2012-07-13. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "Aaron Rhind personal bests". Swimming Western Australia. Retrieved 2012-08-01.