National Teams

Senior National Team

Richard Weinberger

  • Age 30
  • Height 187 cm / 6 ftin
  • Coach Ron Jacks
  • Hometown Victoria, BC
  • Residence Victoria, BC
  • Event 400 FR, 800 FR, 1500 FR, 3000 FR, 5000 FR

Richard’s Bio

  • At the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Weinberger finished the Marathon 10km swim in 17th place with a time of 1:53.16.40.
  • At the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest, Weinberger finished 23rd in the men’s 10-km open water race. He was also a member of the mixed 5-km open water that finished 11th.
  • Weinberger was awarded Swimming Canada’s Open Water Swimmer of the Year from 2010-2013 and 2015-2017.
  • At the Lac St-Jean stop of the FINA/HOSA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup 2016, Weinberger finished just behind teammate Eric Hedlin finishing 5th.
  • During the Balatonfured stop of the FINA/HOSA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup 2016, Weinberger finished with a bronze medal with a time of 1:50:27.17.
  • During the Chun’An stop of the 2015 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup, Weinberger raced to a silver medal with a time of 1:53:08.00
  • At the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, Weinberger finished fourth in the 10km open water race.
  • At the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia, Weinberger finished eighth place to earn the right to be nominated to Team Canada for the Rio 2016 Olympics.
  • Weinberger was the top Canadian in the 2015 World Cup race in Cozumel, taking 14th spot in the men’s 10-kilometre to earn his spot on the Pan American Games and FINA World Championships teams.
  • Richard Weinberger made Canadians proud when he won a bronze medal in the 10-kilometre marathon at the 2012 Olympics in London.
  • FINA named him one of its top five open water swimmers of 2012, but he was already making a name for himself on the international open-water swimming scene well before gaining widespread fame.
  • Weinberger won the 2011 Olympic test event at Hyde Park, and also captured gold at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.
  • During the World Cup season, he collected a silver in Argentina, and bronze in Brazil.
  • He qualified for the Olympic team by placing second in the 10-km marathon qualifier in Portugal. He climbed from 49th to 23rd to 15th to eighth to fifth before charging past all but one opponent on the sixth and final lap.
  • Weinberger finished the 2010 season winning bronze in the 10-km at the Pan Pacific Championships in Irvine.
  • The year started with a remarkable 21st-place finish at the World Cup in Santos, Brazil.
  • That race particularly stands out because Weinberger was afflicted with a serious case of food poisoning on the morning of the race.
  • Weinberger calls 2012 Olympic silver medallist Thomas Lurz of Germany his biggest inspiration.
  • In 2009, the season highlight for Weinberger was a double gold performance at the Canada Games on Prince Edward Island. Weinberger showed his versatility taking the 800-m freestyle in the pool and the 10-km open water race on the Southwest River in Clinton, P.E.I.
Quick Facts
  • Instagram: @raweinberger
  • Twitter: @raweinberger
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RAWeinberger
  • Favourite movie: Shawshank Redemption
  • Favourite magazines: The Economist, National Geographic
  • Favourite book: The Outsiders
  • Favourite TV show: Game of Thrones
  • Favourite actor: Edward Norton
  • Favourite band: Above and Beyond
  • Favourite restaurant: Boston Pizza
  • Pre-race meal: Pasta
  • Other sports: Downhill skiing, waterskiing, golf
  • Favourite superhero: The Hulk
  • Favourite place to visit: Newfoundland
  • Guilty pleasure: McDonald’s

Richard’s Personal Bests

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EventCourseTimeDateMeet
10000m Freestyle50mCoupe du Monde FINA 10 km
200m Freestyle25mCIS Swimming Championships
100m Freestyle50mTAS SwimBC Senior Circuit
5000m Freestyle50mWorld Trials
1500m Freestyle50mWorld Trials
200m Freestyle Laps25mCIS Swimming Championships
1500m Freestyle25mVancouver Island Regional Short Course Championship
50m Backstroke25mSFU Clan Cup International
100m Breaststroke25mSFU Clan Cup International
50m Butterfly25mSFU Clan Cup International
50m Breaststroke25mSFU Clan Cup International
50m Freestyle Laps25mSFU Clan Cup International
200m Breaststroke25mSFU Clan Cup International
400m Medley25mSFU Clan Cup International
800m Freestyle25mCanada Games
400m Freestyle25mCanada Games
800m Freestyle50mUS Open Championships
400m Freestyle50mUS Open Championships
200m Backstroke50mUS Open - Time Trials
100m Freestyle Laps50mCanadian World Championship Trials
200m Medley50mTime Trials
100m Backstroke25mTAS Provincial Short Course Championships
200m Backstroke25mCanada Cup
200m Butterfly25mTeam Aquatic Supplies-Swim BC Senior Circuit #1
100m Butterfly25mTeam Aquatic Supplies-Swim BC Senior Circuit #1
200m Freestyle50mCanadian Summer Nationals
50m Freestyle50mTAS BC AAA Long Course Championships
50m Backstroke50mYouth Cup
50m Butterfly50mYouth Cup
100m Backstroke50mMies Schootman Invitational
400m Medley50mSenior Circuit 1
200m Medley25mPacific Seawolves Fall Invitational
50m Freestyle25mPacific Seawolves Fall Invitational
100m Freestyle25mPacific Seawolves Fall Invitational
200m Butterfly50mTas Bc Long Course Champs
100m Breaststroke50mMies Schootman Invitation
100m Butterfly50mTeam Aquatic B.C. Provincial S
2000m Freestyle25mSpeedo Swim 4 Healthy Kid
200m Breaststroke50mLosc 2nd Annual Long Course In
100m Medley25mSpartan Lmr
300m Freestyle25mPsw Lmr
50m Breaststroke50mWestcoast Open
300m Medley25mPsw-Lmr #1