Popular Paralympic speaker Oliver Hynd is a British Paralympic swimmer who has had an incredible career, which he says was the perfect choice for him due to having the condition Neuro Muscular Myopathy.
Ollie’s first taste of competitive swimming is when he used to follow his brother who won a swimming gold and set a new 400m freestyle world record at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. From this inspiration, Ollie has gone on to become one of Britain’s best Paralympic swimmers of all time. When he represented Britain for the first time in 2011 – at the IPC European Championships – he won a gold medal and set a British and European Record in the 200m individual medley. He also got a silver in the 400m freestyle and a bronze in the 100m backstroke.
Describing his time competing at the London Paralympic Games as “a brilliant experience”, Ollie Hynd says he feels “privileged to have a great swimming career so far”. At the London game’s he won a gold medal and set a new British and European record in the 200m individual medley. Other medals from 2012 include a silver in the 400m freestyle and a bronze in the 100m backstroke.
Among the other main achievements the Paralympic speaker has managed to date are breaking his brother’s world record at the 2015 IPC World Championships, where he won gold medals for the 200m individual medley and 400m freestyle as well as a bronze for the 100m backstroke.
The previous year, Ollie became Commonwealth Champion in the 200m individual medley, adding to his gold in the same discipline at the British Championships. He also set a new world record in the 200m freestyle at the Deutsche Meisterschaft event. In 2013, the year he received his MBE, Ollie Hynd swam at the IPC World Championships where he got another gold in the 200m individual medley (setting a British and European record) and a gold in the 400m freestyle. When he won a bronze in the 100m backstroke at the same competition he set another British record.
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