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|Cairns 2018 Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships||1||—||1|
- At the 2018 Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships, Newkirk won gold in the 100-m back S7. She was also a part of the women’s 4×100-m medley relay that took home bronze.
- At the London 2019 World Para Swimming Championships, Newkirk claimed her first medal in her first career appearance at worlds, silver in the 100-m backstroke S7. She also competed in the 50-m freestyle S7 (9th) and 100-m freestyle S7 (14th), and helped the 4×100-m medley relay 34 points to a fourth-place finish. Thanks to her performance in the 100 back, she was nominated to the Canadian Paralympic Committee to represent the country at Tokyo 2020.
- At the 2019 Canadian Swimming Trials in Toronto, Newkirk broke her own S7 world record in the women’s multi-class 100-m backstroke preliminaries, before winning gold in the evening final. She also broke the world record in the 200 backstroke. She added a multi-class bronze medal in the 100-m freestyle.
- Shelby Newkirk won gold and broke her own world record twice in the S7 100-metre backstroke at the 2018 Canadian Swimming Trials in Edmonton. She also captured silver in the 100-m freestyle and bronze in the 50-m butterfly.
- Swimming Canada’s 2017 and 2018 Female Para-swimmer of the Year.
- Shelby Newkirk set a world record in the S7 50-m backstroke at the 2018 World Para Swimming World Series in Berlin.
- At the 2017 Para-swimming Canadian Open, Newkirk broke the world record in the 100-m backstroke.
- Entering the Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships, she holds three Canadian records, including the S7 100-m backstroke, which she considers her best event.
- At the 2017 Canada Summer Games, Newkirk captured six medals, including four gold in the 50-m freestyle, 100-m backstroke and breaststroke, and the 200-m individual medley.
- At the 2017 Canadian Swimming Championships, Newkirk claimed silver in the 50-m freestyle in a personal best time.
- At the 2017 Can Am Para-swimming Championships, Newkirk took home three gold medals in the 50-m freestyle, the 100-m freestyle and the 100-m backstroke event. She also added a bronze medal in the 50-m butterfly.
- Newkirk’s biggest influence is her first swim coach, Karen Williams, who taught her so much about para-sport and about her disability.
- Newkirk comes from a competitive athletic family, including her younger brother Cole, who is a 6-foot-8 basketball player.
- Newkirk started swimming in 2012 as a new outlet for her competitive spirit when she began developing generalized dystonia, a progressive neurological disorder similar to Parkinson’s that affects movement, balance and coordination. She played basketball, volleyball and competed in track until age 13.
Favourite Movie: The Proposal
Favourite Book: Harry Potter (the whole series)
Favourite TV Show: Rizzoli and Isles, Bones and Corner Gas
Favourite Actor: Daniel Radcliffe
Favourite band: Thomas Rhett
Place to Visit: Europe
Music behind the blocks: Country
Pre-race Meal: Pasta
Guilty Pleasure: Anything chocolate
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