National Teams

Para-Swimming Team

Kirstie Kasko

  • Age 32
  • Height 165 cm / 5 ftin
  • Club Foothills Stingrays
  • Coach Todd Melton
  • Hometown High River, AB
  • Residence Okotoks, AB
  • Event 100 BK, 100 BR, 200 FR, 200 IM

Kirstie’s Bio

  • Kasko won four medals at the 2015 Toronto Parapan Am Games:  Silver medals in the 200-m freestyle, 200-m IM and 100-m back, where she also set a Canadian record. She also took bronze in the 100-m breaststroke.
  • At the 2015 Speedo Can Am Para-swimming Championships in Toronto she was second in the 200-m freestyle, 200-m individual medley, and 100-m backstroke.
  • Kasko also finished third in the 100-m breaststroke at the 2015 Can Am Para-swimming Championships in Toronto.
  • Kasko competed at her first Paralympic Games in 2012. Racing for the intellectually challenged, she placed 12th in both the 100-metre backstroke and 100-m breaststroke as well as 14th in the 200-m freestyle.
  • She also lowered three Canadian records in 2012 (200-m and 400-m freestyle and 100-m breaststroke).
  • Kasko was once again on Team Canada at the 2013 IPC World Championships and competed in four events.
  • At the 2011 Parapan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, Kasko emerged as a new star on the Canadian team, earning gold medals in the 200-m freestyle and 100-m backstroke.
  • She got a taste of a Games atmosphere in early October 2011 at the Global Games in Italy where she set several personal bests and won a bronze medal in the 200-m backstroke.
Quick Facts
  • Favourite Website: Facebook
  • Favourite movie: Shrek 3
  • Favourite book: The Glass Castle
  • Favourite magazine: Teen Vogue
  • Favourite TV Show: X-Factor
  • Favourite Actor/Actress: Selena Gomez
  • Favourite band: Taylor Swift
  • Music behind the blocks: Baggage Claim by Miranda Lambert
  • Favourite restaurant: PF Chang’s
  • Other sports: Underwater hockey
  • Place to visit: Lugano, Italy

Kirstie’s Personal Bests

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100m Butterfly50mCanadian Swimming Trials
100m Butterfly25mCatalina Valentine Invitational
50m Butterfly25mCatalina Valentine Invitational
50m Freestyle50mCsi:
50m Butterfly50mCsi:
50m Backstroke25mManSask Open Championships---
100m Backstroke25mManSask Open Championships
200m Backstroke50mSpeedo Alberta Open 1
50m Backstroke50mUS Paralympics Swimming 2015 Can-Am Open
200m Medley50mParapan American Games
100m Backstroke50mParapan American Games
100m Freestyle Laps50mSpeedo Alberta Open 1RELAY
100m Breaststroke50mCanAm
200m Medley25mSpeedo Alberta Open 2
50m Freestyle Laps50mAlberta Age Group and Senior ChampionshipsRELAY
100m Freestyle50mAlberta Age Group and Senior Championships
200m Breaststroke50mKeyano International
200m Freestyle50mU.S. Paralympics Spring CanAm
50m Breaststroke50mU.S. Paralympics Spring CanAm
200m Backstroke25mPronghorn Classic---
200m Freestyle25mPronghorn Classic
100m Medley25mSenior Champs Short Course---
100m Breaststroke25mSenior Champs Short Course
50m Breaststroke25mSenior Champs Short Course
200m Freestyle Laps25mSenior Champs Short CourseRELAY
200m Breaststroke25mMJB LAW Classic
100m Breaststroke Laps50mCascade Swimming InternationalRELAY
200m Freestyle Laps50mKeyano InternationalRELAY1
400m Freestyle50mOSC Double Double
50m Freestyle Laps25mBlack & BlueRELAY
400m Freestyle25mBlack & Blue
50m Breaststroke Laps25mBlack & BlueRELAY
50m Freestyle25mSpeedo Alberta Provincial Championships SC
100m Freestyle25mSpeedo Alberta Provincial Championships SCRELAY
50m Breaststroke Laps50mAlberta AG&Sr ChampionshipsRELAY
100m Freestyle Laps25mSpeedo Alberta Senior Provincial ChampionshipsRELAY
100m Breaststroke Laps25mFiset InvitationalRELAY
25m Butterfly25mSouthregionjrcircuit Meet-Summ
25m Freestyle25mDino Cup
25m Breaststroke25mKsc Crazy Hat Day