National Teams

Para-Swimming Team

Adam Purdy

  • Age 43
  • Height 170.18 cm / 5 ftin
  • Club London Aquatic Club
  • Coach Andrew Craven
  • Hometown London, ON
  • Residence London, ON
  • Event 50 FR, 100 BK, 50 FL

Adam’s Bio

  • Won three medals and set a Canadian record at the 2015 Toronto Parapan Am Games. He won silver in the 100-m backstroke, won bronze and set record in the 50-m butterfly, and was also a member of 4×50-m 20 pt. free relay that won bronze.
  • Purdy finished 6th in the 100-m backstroke at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.
  • At the 2015 Speedo Can Am Para-swimming Championships in Toronto Purdy won the 50-metre butterfly and 100-m backstroke.
  • The three-time Paralympian returned to the Para- swimming national scene in 2014 after a seven-year absence because he wanted his two children to see him compete on Canadian soil.
  • Purdy earned a spot on the Canadian team for the 2014 Pan Pacific Para-swimming Championships in Pasadena, Calif.
  • It was a solid comeback performance, which included a silver in the 100-m backstroke and setting Canadian records in the 50-m butterfly and 4×50-m medley relay.
  • From 1994 to 2006, Purdy was a Team Canada regular competing at all the major events.
  • This included the IPC World Championships in 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006 and the Paralympic Games in 1996, 2000 and 2004.
  • At the 1996 Games, he competed in five events and his best result was a fourth place finish in the 100-m backstroke.
  • His most memorable moments came four years later in Sydney where he won gold in the 100-m backstroke in world record time and 4×100-m medley relay.
  • In Athens in 2004 he was fourth in the 100-m backstroke.
  • Purdy has a disorder called arthrogryposis, an impairment that impacts both joint and muscle development and affects all 4 of his limbs.
Quick Facts
  • Favourite Movie: Toxic Avenger
  • Favourite Book: Thus, Spoke Zarathustra
  • Favourite TV Show: Futurama
  • Favourite Actor/Actress:  Warwick Davis
  • Favourite Website:  Netflix
  • Favourite Band: The Rolling Stones
  • Music behind the blocks:  NOFX, Metallica
  • Favourite Restaurant: Pollo Tropicale
  • Pre-race meal: chicken and ribs
  • Other sports: surfing, skateboard
  • Favourite Superhero:  Incredible Hulk
  • Favourite Place to visit: Prince Edward Island
  • Guilty pleasure: beer

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