Donovan Tildesley

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Donovan Tildesley
Personal information
Nickname(s)Big D
Born (1984-07-24) July 24, 1984 (age 36)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Height166 cm (5.45 ft)
Weight62 kg (137 lb)
College teamUniversity 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.[3]

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, 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.[4]


  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. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)[dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Canadian Paralympic Committee congratulates four-time Paralympic swimmer Donovan Tildesley on retirement". Retrieved 2014-05-09.
  4. ^ Lin, Brian (2008-09-04). "Tap and Rope Guide Swimmer to Victory". University of British Columbia. Archived from the original on 2011-05-21. Retrieved 2008-09-05.

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