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Hamish McLean #199

Hamish Mc Lean, New Zealand Paralympian swimming hard

Hamish McLean is a Para swimmer first identified as part of the Para swimming talent identification programme in 2011.

Hamish is from Wānaka and born in 2000. He was a late call-up to the New Zealand Rio 2016 Paralympic Team following the allocation of an additional male slot. He took full advantage of his first ever Paralympic Games, setting an Oceania record in the Paralympic final of the Men’s 400m Freestyle S6, and finishing 7th in the event. He also swam the Men’s 200m Individual Medley SM6, Men’s 100m Freestyle S6 and Men’s 50m Freestyle S6.

Hamish was a part of the New Zealand Rio 2016 Paralympic Team of 31 Paralympians, which secured a stunning 21 medals (9 gold, 5 silver, and 7 bronze) and finished first in the world per capita and 13th in the world overall (previous best: 16th).

Hamish studied at Canterbury University and now works as an engineer in Auckland.

Hamish was named a Harvey Norman Para Sport Champion in 2024.

Paralympic Results
Paralympic GamesResult
Rio Paralympic Games
  • 7th - Men's 400 m Freestyle S6

  • Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM6

  • Men's 100 m Freestyle S6

  • Men's 50 m Freestyle S6

Profile

  • Hometown: Wanaka

  • Born: 28 January 2000

  • Eligible Impairment: Short stature

  • Health Condition: Achondroplasia

  • Coach: Fiona Hezinger

  • Classification: S6, SB6, SM6

  • Games Year: Rio 2016

  • Para Sport: Para swimming

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