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MCLEAN Hamish
Sport Para swimming
NPC New Zealand   
GenderMen
Age21
Height1.31 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S6, SB6, SM6
Further Personal Information
Languages
English
Higher education
Engineering - University of Canterbury: Christchurch, NZL
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 2006 in Auckland, New Zealand, and took up Para swimming competitively in 2011.
Why this sport?
"I wanted to learn how to swim and be safe around water."
General Interest
Hobbies
Spending time outdoors. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing seventh in the S6 400m freestyle at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
New Zealand Para swimmer Cameron Leslie. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Just have fun. That's what you are doing the sport for." (stuff.co.nz, 30 Nov 2017)
Milestones
At age 15 he was the youngest Para swimmer to represent New Zealand at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. (SportsDeskOnline, 13 Mar 2019; givealittle.co.nz, 18 May 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (stuff.co.nz, 30 Nov 2017)
Other information
DOCUMENTARY
He featured in a documentary series called 'Born to Be Different', which aired in 2013 on Channel 4 in England. The programme followed the family lives of six children with an impairment. (telegraph.co.uk, 14 Mar 2013)

FROM ENGLAND TO NEW ZEALAND
He moved from England to New Zealand at age three. (thewanakasun.co.nz, 18 Jul 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
19 2016 50m Freestyle S6 34.81 
7 2016 400m Freestyle S6 5:30.63 
10 2016 200m Individual Medley SM6 2:59.81 
17 2016 100m Freestyle S6 1:15.30 
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
8 2015 400m Freestyle S6 5:38.46
Heats 2015 200m Individual Medley SM6 3:14.19
Heats 2015 100m Freestyle S6 1:17.91
7 2019 400m Freestyle S6 5:22.00
Heats 2019 100m Freestyle S6 1:10.70
6 2019 200m Individual Medley SM6 2:53.06
Heats 2019 50m Freestyle S6 32.87
Heats 2019 50m Butterfly S6 35.70