December 11, 2016
2016 Rio de Janeiro - Alexander (Alec) Elliot
Alexander (Alec) Elliot was born with a rare condition called syndactyly which limits the use of his hands and feet and affects only one in about 2,500 people. Even rarer to have in both hands and both feet affected by the disease.
Alec's classification for swimming is S10SB9SM10. This means he swims the Freestyle, backstroke and butterfly in the S10 category, the breaststroke in the SB9 category and the individual medley in the SM10 category. This is important because each category has their own race.
As Alec progressed in swimming he trained with and competed against able-bodied athletes with great success as he swam with his ROW teammates. Alec began to get national notice in 2013 when he defeated Canadian record holder Benoit Huot in the S10 100 metre butterfly at the Can Am Championships in Edmonton. In 2104 Alec was named the Male Para-athlete of the Year for Ontario.
Alec established himself as one of the Canadian para-swimmers to watch leading into the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He had enjoyed a banner season in 2015. He marched five times to the podium at the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games and reached five individual finals at the IPC World Championships in Glasgow UK, including a fifth place in the 100 metre backstroke.
At the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, Alec competed in 6 individual events and two relays. Alec set personal best times in the 50 free, 100 free, 400 free, 100 back and the 100 breast. At only 20 years of age at the 2016 Games, Alec is a good bet to be an important member of the Canadian Para team for several years to come.