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TILK Brenda
Sport Para swimming
NPC Estonia   
GenderWomen
Age28
Place of BirthTallinn, EST
Height1.40 m
Weight 40 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S7
Further Personal Information
Residence
Kuusalu, EST
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Estonian, Russian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age three in Tallinn, Estonia and began competing at age 12.
Why this sport?
She took up swimming because it was recommended by her doctor as part of her rehabilitation.
Club / Team
SK Meduus: Tallinn, EST
Name of coach
Onne Pollisinski [national], EST; June Pollisiusui [personal], EST, from 2006
Training Regime
She trains six times a week in the pool, and three times in the gym.
Senior International Debut
Year
2009
Competing for
Estonia
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Qualifying for the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2015)
Most influential person in career
Her coach. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Always give the best I can." (Athlete, 12 Jul 2015)
Awards and honours
She was named Best Young Athlete of 2016 by the Estonian Paralympic Committee, after her performances at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (sport.postimees.ee, 25 Nov 2016)

In 2016 she was named Female Athlete of the Year in the Estonian province of Kuusalu. (skmeduus.ee, 10 Jan 2017)
Impairment
She was born with a connective tissue condition, epiphyseal dysplasia, which meant her bones and joints did not fully develop. (sonumitooja.ee, 05 May 2013; Athlete, 12 Jul 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2016 50m Freestyle S7 38.01
Heats 2016 100m Backstroke S7 1:38.99
11 2016 100m Freestyle S7 1:23.85 
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2015 100m Freestyle S7 1:23.73
Heats 2015 50m Butterfly S7 48.55
8 2015 100m Backstroke S7 1:36.32
Heats 2015 50m Freestyle S7 38.01
7 2017 100m Freestyle S7 1:28.74
6 2017 50m Freestyle S7 39.08
3 2017 100m Backstroke S7 1:38.28
European Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
8 2014 50m Freestyle S7 39.04
7 2014 100m Freestyle S7 1:27.62
5 2014 50m Butterfly S7 48.44
5 2016 100m Backstroke S7 1:37.39
7 2016 50m Butterfly S7 48.82
8 2016 400m Freestyle S7 6:47.16
4 2016 50m Freestyle S7 38.12