Donovan Tildesley

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Donovan Tildesley
Personal information
Nickname(s) Big D
Nationality Canada
Born (1984-07-24) July 24, 1984 (age 32)
Vancouver
Height 166 cm (5.45 ft)
Weight 62 kg (137 lb)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Strokes Medley
Freestyle
Butterfly
College team University of British Columbia Dolphins

Donovan Tildesley (born July 24, 1984) is a blind Canadian swimmer. He was the flag bearer of Canada at the 2008 Paralympic Games.[1]

Swimming career[edit]

He started swimming at the age of nine.[2] Until 2000, he had swum in many provincial and national competitions, setting many Canadian records.[2]

He is the current world record holder for the 800-metre freestyle[3] and the 1500-metre freestyle.[4]

Personal life and education[edit]

Tildesley attended St. George's School, and afterwards attended the University of British Columbia, where he was a part of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. In May 2008, he graduated with a BA in English Literature. Donovan works full-time as an insurance broker for Buntain Insurance Agencies Ltd. in Vancouver. He is also a professional inspirational speaker, sharing his stories with audiences of all ages; from business executives to schoolchildren. You can learn more about him at his web site, www.limitlessvision.ca. Donovan is also a shareholder in 4 Senses Entertainment Inc., which owns 88.7 Whistler FM, as well as the license for another radio station which will be launched in the summer of 2010.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Paralympics open in Beijing". CBC News. Sympatico. 2008-09-06. Retrieved 2008-09-06. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b Tildesley, Donovan. "Biography-Donovan Tildesley" (PDF). Yellowknife Polar Bear Swim Club. Retrieved 2008-08-05. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Canadian Paralympic Committee congratulates four-time Paralympic swimmer Donovan Tildesley on retirement". Newswire.ca. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  4. ^ "Canadian Paralympic Committee congratulates four-time Paralympic swimmer Donovan Tildesley on retirement". Newswire.ca. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  5. ^ Lin, Brian (2008-09-04). "Tap and Rope Guide Swimmer to Victory". University of British Columbia. Retrieved 2008-09-05. 

www.limitlessvision.ca

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