National Teams

Para-Swimming Team

Morgan Bird

  • Age 30
  • Height 163 cm / 5 ftin
  • Club High Performance Centre – Québec
  • Coach Mike Thompson
  • Previous Coaches Wendy Johnson
  • Hometown Calgary, AB
  • Residence Montreal, QC
  • Event 100 FL, 50 FR, 100 FR, 400 FR

National Team Highlights

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games14
Cairns 2018 Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships2
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games1
Rio 2016 Olympic Games2
Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games21
London 2012 Paralympic Games5

Morgan’s Bio

  • At the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, Bird was a member of the 4×100-m freestyle relay (34 points) that brought home bronze. Bird also swam the butterfly leg of the women’s 4×100-m medley team that was disqualified in the final. Individually, Bird finished sixth in the women’s 50-m freestyle S8 and seventh in the 100-m butterfly S8.
  • At the London 2019 World Para Swimming Championships, Bird’s best performance came in the 100-m butterfly S8, where she reached the final (7th). She also competed in the 50-m freestyle S8 (9th), 400-m freestyle S8 (13th) and 100-m freestyle S8 (14th).
  • At the 2019 Canadian Swimming Trials in Toronto, Bird earned a pair of multi-class medals, including silver in the 50-m freestyle and bronze in the 400-m freestyle.
  • At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Bird made the finals in two events, her best result being a 5th-place finish in the 100-m freestyle.
  • Bird also competed in the 50-m freestyle (7th), 200-m individual medley (10th) and the 400-m freestyle (10th).
  • Her time in the 50 free was also a Canadian record.
  • She contributed to 5th-place finishes in the 4×100-m medley relay and 34pts 4×100-m freestyle relay, both in Canadian record time.
  • Named Alberta’s female para-swimmer of the year in 2015
  • Won gold in the 50-m and 400-m freestyle and silver in 100-m freestyle at the 2015 Parapan Am Games.
  • Swam four individual events and two relays at 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. Her best results were a 4th in 100-m freestyle and 5th in 100-m butterfly.
  • At the 2014 Pan Pacific Para- swimming Championships in Pasadena, Calif. Bird collected a silver in the 50-m freestyle and bronze in the 100-m freestyle.
  • Bird made her international podium breakthrough at the 2013 IPC World Championships in Montreal. She competed in five events, earning two silver medals and reaching the finals in the other three. Bird took second in the 50-m freestyle and helped Canada to a surprise runner-up finish in the 4×100 freestyle relay. She was also fourth in the 100-m freestyle, fifth in the 400-m freestyle and sixth in the 100-m butterfly.
  • Bird was part of Canada’s impressive youth movement at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. She reached finals in three of her four individual events
  • She assured her spot on the 2012 Paralympic team with several strong performances at the trials including a national mark in the 400-m freestyle.
  • She was born with cerebral palsy, the condition affects the left side of her body
Quick Facts
  • Twitter: @Birdie993
  • Instagram: @birdie_993
  • Favourite website: Facebook
  • Favourite movie: Beauty and the Beast (2017)
  • Favourite book: The Hate U Give
  • Favourite TV shows: Million Little Things
  • Favourite actors:  Ryan Reynolds
  • Favourite band: Bon Jovi
  • Favourite restaurant: Earls
  • Pre-race meal: Pasta
  • Guilty Pleasure: Churros
  • Place to visit: Regina

Morgan’s Personal Bests

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100m Breaststroke50mWorld Series
50m Freestyle25mJP Fiset Invitational---
50m Butterfly Laps25mJP Fiset InvitationalRELAY
50m Freestyle Laps25mJP Fiset InvitationalRELAY
50m Backstroke25mJP Fiset Invitational
50m Butterfly25mKSC SC Invitational
100m Butterfly Laps50mPan Pacific Para ChampionshipsRELAY
200m Medley25mSouthern Alberta Provincials
200m Freestyle50mCanadian Championships---1
50m Breaststroke50mSpring Championships
50m Breaststroke25mJP Fiset Invitational
800m Freestyle25mJP Fiset Invitational
200m Medley50mParalympic Games
50m Freestyle50mParalympic Games---
50m Butterfly Laps50mSpeedo Age Group and Senior ChampionshipsRELAY
100m Freestyle25mManSask Open Championships---
400m Freestyle25mManSask Open Championships
100m Backstroke50mSpeedo Alberta Open 1
100m Backstroke25mRocky Mountain Cup
100m Medley25mRocky Mountain Cup
200m Freestyle25mRocky Mountain Cup---
200m Backstroke50mCsi:
800m Freestyle50mKeyano International
100m Freestyle50mPan Pacific Para Championships
100m Freestyle Laps50mPan Pacific Para ChampionshipsRELAY
50m Backstroke50mCsi:
100m Butterfly50mIPC World Championships1
50m Freestyle Laps50mAlberta Age Group and Senior ChampionshipsRELAY
50m Butterfly50mU.S. Paralympics Spring CanAm---
200m Butterfly25mPronghorn Classic
100m Butterfly25mSenior Champs Short Course
200m Backstroke25mUCSC Grand Prix
400m Freestyle50mParalympics1
200m Butterfly50mKeyano International
100m Breaststroke25mFall Start-Up
25m Backstroke25mSr League Photo With Santa
25m Breaststroke25mSr League Wacky T Shirt
25m Butterfly25mSr League Meet
25m Freestyle25mSouthern Region Jr. Circuit Me