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HAMER Thomas
Sport Para swimming
NPC Great Britain   
Place of BirthBurnley, ENG
Height1.80 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
S14, SB14, SM14
Further Personal Information
Manchester, ENG
Athlete, Model
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age five in England, and entered his first competition at age nine.
Why this sport?
His mother encouraged him to start swimming.
Club / Team
Stockport Metro Swimming Club: England
Name of coach
Rob Aubry [national]; Graeme Smith, GBR
Training Regime
He trains at the British Para Swimming National Performance Centre in Manchester, England. In the morning he does a 30 minute pre-pool warm up, which is followed by two hours of swimming, 90 minutes in the gym and a physio session. His afternoon routine includes another pre-pool workout and two more hours of swimming.
Senior International Debut
Competing for
Great Britain
Glasgow, SCO
General Interest
Tom (, 17 May 2014)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the S14 200m freestyle at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (, 09 Apr 2018)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (, 04 Apr 2018)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (, 29 Nov 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Swimming is my happy place, where I am in my bubble." (, 21 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2018 Para Swimmer of the Year by British Swimming. (, 17 Nov 2018)

He was named SportsAid Athlete of the Month for March 2014. (, 26 Mar 2014)
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 09 Apr 2018)
Other information
He is a member of the East Lancashire Scouts in Rawtenstall, England. He has also served as an ambassador for the organisation. "I go every Tuesday night and I absolutely love it. I try to do as many weekends, parades as I can. It's just good to give something back." (, 04 Apr 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
2 2016 200m Freestyle S14 1:56.58 
2 2016 200m Individual Medley SM14 2:12.88 
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
3 2015 200m Freestyle S14 1:58.42
4 2015 200m Individual Medley SM14 2:16.47
Commonwealth Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014 200m Freestyle S14 2:00.27
1 2018 200m Freestyle S14 1:55.88 
European Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
7 2014 100m Breaststroke SB14 1:16.58
2 2014 200m Freestyle S14 2:00.36
1 2016 200m Freestyle S14 1:57.96
7 2016 100m Breaststroke SB14 1:13.45
3 2016 200m Individual Medley SM14 2:15.94
3 2018 200m Individual Medley SM14 2:14.62