Oliver Hynd

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Oliver Hynd MBE
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Hynd with his Disabled Sportsperson of the Year award in February 2015
Personal information
Born (1994-10-27) 27 October 1994 (age 24)
EducationAshfield School
Height1.70m (5 ft 7 in)
Country United Kingdom
Disability classS9/SM8/SB9
ClubNova Centurion Swim Club, Mansfield
Coached byGlenn Smith

Oliver William Hynd MBE, known as Ollie,[1] (born 27 October 1994 in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire)[2] is a British swimmer. He competed in the Paralympics as a class 8 swimmer, having neuromuscular myopathy and associated limb deformities.[3] In 2018, following reclassification protocols, Hynd moved into the S9 class, but remained in SB8 for breaststroke.

Hynd made his international debut at the 2011 IPC European Championships where he won the 200 m individual medley, setting a new European record.[4] In the 400 m freestyle, he finished in second place just behind older brother Sam.[5]

Hynd won a gold medal in SM8 200m individual medley at Paralympics 2012.[6]

He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to swimming.[7][8]

In 2015, Hynd was awarded the Disabled Sportsperson of the Year accolade at the Nottinghamshire Sports Awards for the second year in a row.[1]

At the Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games in 2016, Hynd won the gold medal in his opening event, the 400 m freestyle S8, beating the world record in the final, held on 8 September.[9] He repeated the feat in his closing event, winning gold and setting a new world record in the 200 m individual medley SM8.[10]

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  1. ^ a b Ollie Hynd wins Disabled Sportsperson of the Year at Nottinghamshire Sports Awards Chad (local newspaper), 5 February 2015. Retrieved 5 February 2015
  2. ^ GRO reference: November 1994, Register Number A16D, District and SubDistrict 6871A, Entry Number 119
  3. ^ "Oliver Hynd". Channel 4. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
  4. ^ Kelly, Tom (29 August 2012). "Brothers who grew up to be their own biggest rivals: Sam and Oliver Hynd to go head to head for gold in 400m swimming freestyle". Daily Mail. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
  5. ^ "Mother's pride for swimming sons Sam and Oliver Hynd". BBC News. 7 July 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Paralympics 2012: Oliver Hynd wins sixth GB swimming gold". Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  7. ^ "No. 60367". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 2012. p. 25.
  8. ^ [1] Cabinet Office
  9. ^ "Men's 400m Freestyle – S8". Rio 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  10. ^ "Men's 200m Individual Medley – SM8 Final". Rio 2016. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 17 September 2016.