National Teams

Para-Swimming Team

Zack McAllister

  • Age 27
  • Height 168 cm / 5 ftin
  • Club LA Swim Club
  • Coach Peter Schori
  • Hometown Lethbridge, AB
  • Residence Lethbridge, AB
  • Event 50 FR, 100 FR, 400 FR, 100 BR

Zack’s Bio

  • At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, McAllister made the finals in both the 100-m and 50-m freestyle. He finished 7th and 8th in those events.
  • He contributed to a Canadian record in the 34pts 4×100-m medley relay, which finished 7th.
  • McAllister won three individual and two relay medals at the 2015 Toronto Parapan Am Games. Won gold in the 50-m freestyle, breaking his own Canadian record and setting an Americas record. Won silver in the 400-m freestyle and 100-m freestyle and was part of the 4×100-m 34 pt. freestyle relay team that won silver and set a Canadian record. Also part of the silver-medal winning 4×100-m 34 pt. medley relay.
  • Swam three individual and two relay events at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland where he finished 6th in the 100-m freestyle. McAllister was also a member of the 4×100-m 34 pt. medley relay that set a Canadian record.
  • At the 2015 Speedo Can Am Para-swimming Championships McAllister won the 50-metre and 100- m freestyle and was third in the 400-m freestyle.
  • Had surgery in April 2014 that kept him out of the water for two months.
  • At the 2013 IPC World Championships in Montreal McAllister reached the finals in his three events, lowering Canadian and Pan American records in the 50-m (6th) and 100-m freestyle (7th). He was also fifth in the 400-m freestyle.
  • At his first Paralympic Games in 2012, he competed in four events: the 400-m freestyle, the 200-m individual medley and the 50-m and 100-m freestyle. Highlights were a sixth in the 400 and 10th in the 100- m freestyle, setting Canadian and Pan Am records in both races.
  • He was the first University of Lethbridge swimmer to make an Olympic or Paralympic team in the school’s 75-year history.
  • McAllister’s impairment is a condition by which he had bone tumours, thereby restricting growth and range of motion in both arms and legs.
  • Enjoys reading, video games, movies and hiking away from the pool.
Quick Facts
  • Favourite Movie: Good, Bad & The Ugly
  • Favourite Book: Game of Thrones
  • Favourite TV Show: Breaking Bad
  • Favourite Band: Queen
  • Other Sport: Biking

Zack’s Personal Bests

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EventCourseTimeDateMeetMastersStatus
50m Butterfly50mCanadian Championships1
100m Freestyle50mCanadian Para-swimming Trials
100m Butterfly50mCanadian Para-swimming Trials
50m Freestyle25mPronghorn Classic
50m Breaststroke50mUS Paralympics Swimming 2015 Can-Am Open
100m Freestyle Laps50mUS Paralympics Swimming 2015 Can-Am OpenRELAY
100m Freestyle25mTime Trials
50m Freestyle Laps25mCascade Speed MeetRELAY
50m Butterfly25mLASC Fall Challenge
100m Breaststroke50mParapan American Games
50m Freestyle50mParapan American Games
50m Backstroke50mCan AM Para-swimming Championships
200m Medley25mJP Fiset International
50m Freestyle Laps50mCascade Swimming International (CSI)RELAY
200m Freestyle Laps25mSenior Champs Short CourseRELAY
100m Butterfly25mJP Fiset International
50m Backstroke25mAMAC November Invitational
400m Freestyle50mParalympics1
200m Medley50mParalympics1
800m Freestyle50mSpeedo Alberta Age Group and Senior Championships
200m Freestyle50mSpeedo Alberta Age Group and Senior Championships
200m Backstroke50mCascade Swimming International
100m Medley25mSpeedo Alberta Provincial Championships SC
200m Freestyle25mSpeedo Alberta Provincial Championships SC
100m Freestyle Laps25mSpeedo Alberta Provincial Championships SCRELAY
400m Freestyle25mSpeedo Alberta Provincial Championships SC
100m Breaststroke25mWestern Canada Summer Games
100m Backstroke25mWestern Canada Summer Games
200m Freestyle Laps50mSpeedo Aberta Age Group & Senior Championships Long CourseRELAY
100m Backstroke50mCascade Swimming Invitational
200m Butterfly50mLA Swim Club Spring Challange
50m Breaststroke25mAMAC Kinsmen Fall Invitational
800m Freestyle25mAMAC Kinsmen Fall Invitational
1500m Freestyle50mCorral City Classic
200m Backstroke25mEvdsc 2006 Invitational
25m Butterfly25mHorns Classic
25m Freestyle25mHorns Classic