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Eric
Hedlin
CanadaCanada, CAN
Open water

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
18 April 1993
Height
185 cm
Residence
Victoria, BC, CAN
Occupation
Student
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.
Club / Team
University of Victoria: Canada
Name of coach
Peter Vizsolyi [club]; Mark Perry [national]; Ron Jacks [national]

General Interest

Hobbies
Cliff jumping, watching films, computer science. (olympic.ca, 08 May 2015)
Most influential person in career
His father. (islandswimming.blogspot.com, 16 Feb 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Anyone can succeed." (islandswimming.blogspot.co.uk, 16 Feb 2012)
Awards and honours
He was named Open Water Swimmer of the Year at the 2018 Swim BC and 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 in Canada. (timescolonist.com, 10 Apr 2017)

In February 2013 he was named the 2012/13 Canadian Inter university Sport Male Rookie of the Year. (english.cis-sic.ca, 23 Feb 2013)
Other sports
He represented Canada in open water swimming at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (SportsDeskOnline, 09 Aug 2017)
Famous relatives
His mother Catherine has competed as a masters swimmer. (swimming.ca, 15 Apr 2013)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (timescolonist.com, 13 Aug 2018)
Other information
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, 15 Apr 2013)