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Eric
Hedlin
CanadaCanada, CAN
Male
Open water

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
18 April 1993
Height
185 cm
Family
Partner Taylor
Residence
Victoria, BC, CAN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Computer Science - University of Victoria: Canada

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age five and competed in his first swim meet at age 10. He took up open water swimming in 2013.
Club / Team
University of Victoria: Canada
Name of coach
Mark Perry [national]
Training Regime
He trains at the High Performance Center - Victoria in British Columbia, Canada.

General Interest

Hobbies
Cliff jumping. (swimming.ca, 28 Jul 2019)
Most influential person in career
His father, and coach Ron Jacks. (swimswam.com, 10 Apr 2019; islandswimming.blogspot.com, 16 Feb 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Anyone can succeed." (islandswimming.blogspot.co.uk, 16 Feb 2012)
Awards and honours
In 2020 he received the University of Victoria President's Cup award for combining academic and athletic achievement. (timescolonist.com, 06 Apr 2020)

He was named 2019 Swim BC Open Water Swimmer of the Year in Canada. (swimbc.ca, 27 Sep 2019)

In 2019 he was named Athlete of the Year at the University of Victoria's Celebration of Champions event in Canada. (govikesgo.com, 05 Apr 2019)

He was named Open Water Swimmer of the Year at the 2018 Swim BC and BC Swim Coaches Association [BCSCA] Awards banquet. (swimbc.ca, 26 Sep 2018; pacificcoastswimming.com, 23 Sep 2018)

In 2017 he was named Male Athlete of the Year by the University of Victoria. (timescolonist.com, 10 Apr 2017)

In February 2013 he was named the 2012/13 Canadian Interuniversity Sport Male Rookie of the Year. (english.cis-sic.ca, 23 Feb 2013)

He won People's Choice Race of the Year at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. (swimswam.com, 10 Apr 2019)
Other sports
He has competed for Canada in both open water swimming and pool swimming. He finished eighth in the 1500m event at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo, Japan. (SportsDeskOnline, 29 Oct 2020)
Famous relatives
His mother Catherine has competed as a masters swimmer in Canada. (swimming.ca, 15 Apr 2013)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (timescolonist.com, 13 Aug 2018)
Other information
SPORT PREFERENCE
He decided to try open water swimming after failing to qualify for the 1500m freestyle pool event at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. He then went on to win a silver medal in the 5km open water event at the tournament. "I was new to open water, so I didn't know what to expect [at the 2013 World Championships]. I had a very timid goal, I wanted to come top eight but I had no idea what that meant. I think mentally the thing that helps me the most in open water is how much I love it. My passion keeps me focused during the race and also makes me curious about the race and passively think about how to improve." (swimswam.com, 10 Apr 2019; timescolonist.com, 13 Aug 2018; olympic.ca, 08 May 2015; Swimming Canada YouTube channel, 21 Jul 2013)

CHILDHOOD
Born in Calgary, AB, Canada, he was raised in San Diego, CA, United States of America. He returned to Canada after high school to try and further his swimming career at the Victoria Academy of Swimming. (swimming.ca, 28 Jul 2019)

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