Tera van Beilen

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Tera van Beilen
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Personal information
Full name Tera van Beilen
Nickname(s) "Sushi Queen"
National team  Canada
Born (1993-03-30) March 30, 1993 (age 25)
Mississauga, Ontario
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 71 kg (157 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Breaststroke
Club Oakville Aquatic Club
College team University of British Columbia

Tera van Beilen (born March 30, 1993) is a Canadian competition swimmer and Olympian.

In the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics in Singapore, Van Beilen won a gold medal in the women's 100-metre breaststroke and a silver in the 200-metre breaststroke.[1]

In 2012, while competing in the Canadian Olympic trials in Montreal, Van Beilen had qualified for the Olympics. She placed first with a time of 2:24.03, ahead of Canadian swimmer Martha McCabe with a time of 2:24.81. Van Beilen's timing placed her second in the world for 2012, behind the 2:22.73 time of reigning American Olympic champion Rebecca Soni.[2]

During the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Van Beilen received much attention as a Canadian Olympian. She participated in the women's 100-metre and 200-metre breaststroke categories, as well as the women's 4x100-metre medley relay.[3] While competing in the women's 100-metre breaststroke, she proceeded to the semi-finals, only to be eliminated in a swim-off with Alia Atkinson of Jamaica.[4]

Outside of the 2012 Olympic Games, Van Beilen competes regularly in local, provincial, and international level swimming competitions. She is currently attending the University of British Columbia studying kinesiology, and is an active member of the UBC Thunderbirds university swimming team.[5] She has also achieved personal bests of 1:07.37 in the 100-metre breaststroke, and 2:24.03 in the 200-metre breaststroke.[6]