National Teams

Para-Swimming Team

Nicholas Bennett

  • Age 19
  • Height 182 cm / 6 ftin
  • Club CHP-Québec
  • Coach Mike Thompson
  • Hometown Parksville, BC
  • Residence Parksville, BC

National Team Highlights

EventFinalist
Madeira 2022 World Para Swimming Championships25
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games3
Lima 2019 Parapan American Games314

Nicholas’s Bio

  • Bennett won gold in the 200-m freestyle S14 at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, lowering the Commonwealth Games record.

  • At the Madeira 2022 World Para Swimming Championships, Bennett captured silver in the 200-m freestyle S14 and broke the Canadian record. He also captured silver in the 200-m individual medley SM14 and placed 5th in the 100-m breaststroke SB14. He was a member of the mixed 4×100-m freestyle S14 relay that placed 4th and the mixed 4×100-m medley S14 relay that placed 5th. Both relays broke Canadian records.
  • Bennett made his Paralympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games, and set Canadian record times in all four events in which he competed. Bennett finished fifth in the men’s 100-m breaststroke SB14, sixth in 200-m freestyle S14, seventh in the 200-m individual medley S14 and placed ninth in the men’s 100-m butterfly S14.
  • At the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games, Bennett won gold in the 100-m breaststroke S14, in the 200-m freestyle S14 and in the 200-m IM. He also captured silver in the 100-m butterfly S14.
  • Bennett set Canadian records in the 100-m breaststroke S14, 200-m freestyle S14, 100-m butterfly S14 and 200-m IM S14 at the 2022 Bell Canadian Swimming Trials. His performances qualified him for both the 2022 World Para Swimming Championships and the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
  • At the 2019 Canadian Swimming Championships in Winnipeg, Bennett set an Americas record in the 200-m freestyle S14, as well as two more Canadian marks in the 100-m freestyle S14 and the 200-m individual medley SM14.
  • At the 2019 Canadian Swimming Trials in Toronto, Bennett racked up five multi-class medals (tying him for most among Para-swimming team members), including gold in the 200-m freestyle, silver in the 100-m butterfly, 100-m breaststroke and 200-m individual medley, as well as bronze in the 100-m backstroke. He set personal best times in the 100-m freestyle, 200-m individual medley, 100-m backstroke and 200-m freestyle, with the latter recognized as the best swim of the Trials by a male Para-swimmer (based on point charts).
  • At the 2018 Canadian Swimming Trials in Edmonton, Bennett won four medals and lowered national marks in the 50-m freestyle S14, 100-m free S14 and 50-m breaststroke SB14. The competition was to determine the Canadian team for the Para Pan Pacific Championships, but at 14, Bennett was too young to be on the roster.
  • Bennett won Swimming Canada’s Breakout Performer of the Year (Paralympic Program) in 2021
QUICK FACTS
  • Favourite Movie: Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Favourite Book: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • Favourite Actor: Chris Hemsworth
  • Favourite Band: Gorillaz
  • Other Sports: Baseball
  • Music behind the blocks: Rock
  • Favourite Superhero: Batman

Nicholas’s Personal Bests

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EventCourseTimeDateMeetStatus
100m Backstroke50mKen Demchuk International Invitational
100m Backstroke25m20th Annual Xmas Cracker Invitational
100m Freestyle25m20th Annual Xmas Cracker Invitational
200m Medley25m20th Annual Xmas Cracker Invitational
50m Backstroke25mBennett Cup
400m Medley25mBennett Cup
100m Breaststroke25mBennett Cup
200m Freestyle25mBennett Cup
100m Butterfly25mBennett Cup
200m Freestyle50mWorld Para Championships
50m Breaststroke50mNeptune International
100m Freestyle50mNeptune International
200m Medley50mCanadian Swimming Trials
100m Butterfly50mCanadian Swimming Trials
100m Breaststroke50mCanadian Swimming Trials
50m Freestyle50mTrials Selection Prep Invite
100m Medley25mSharks IM Sprint Endurance Challenge
50m Freestyle25mVancouver Island Regional SC Championship
50m Breaststroke Laps25mVancouver Island Regional SC ChampionshipRELAY
50m Breaststroke25mInvitation international de Noel
50m Butterfly25mInvitation international de Noel
50m Freestyle Laps25m17th ANNUAL PCS XMAS CRACKERRELAY
400m Freestyle25mNeptune International de Noel 25m
200m Breaststroke25mNeptune International de Noel 25m
400m Freestyle50mBC Summer Provincial Championships
200m Breaststroke50mBC Summer Provincial Championships
50m Butterfly50mVancouver Island Regional LC Championships
50m Freestyle Laps50mWinter Provincial ChampionshipsRELAY
50m Breaststroke Laps50mWinter Provincial ChampionshipsRELAY
50m Backstroke50m1st Annual Ostara Spring Classic
1500m Freestyle25mVancouver Island Regional SC Championships
800m Freestyle25mISC 2018 Bennett Cup
1500m Freestyle50mCanadian Junior Championships
800m Freestyle50mCanadian Junior Championships
400m Medley50mISC Medley Challenge
200m Backstroke50m15th Annual Wavemaker LC Invitational
200m Backstroke25mLast Chance Qualifier
200m Butterfly25mLast Chance Qualifier
50m Butterfly Laps25mCRKW Winter ClassicRELAY
100m Freestyle Laps25mBennett CupRELAY
100m Breaststroke Laps25mBennett CupRELAY
100m Breaststroke Laps50mSwim BC LCM AAA ChampionshipsRELAY
50m Butterfly Laps50mVIR LC ChampionshipsRELAY
100m Freestyle Laps50m15th Annual Wavemaker LC InvitationalRELAY
200m Freestyle Laps25mSwimBC SC AAA ChampionshipsRELAY
25m Breaststroke25mEliminator Invitational
25m Butterfly25mEliminator Invitational
25m Backstroke25mEliminator Invitational
25m Freestyle25mEliminator Invitational