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AIS Paralympic Swimming - Teigan Van Roosmalen

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Born: April 1991
Teigan Van Roosmalen loves the water. She is a professional swimmer, loves surfing and going to the beach. At just 19, she is on her way up in the world of swimming and has a prosperous career ahead.

Teigan won gold and broke the Australian age record in the 100m butterfly at the 2007 Arafura Games in Darwin. She also performed  well at the 2007 Telstra Australian Short Course Championships. Teigan was born with Ushers Syndrome, a hereditary disease affecting her hearing, and was the youngest person in the world to receive a cochlear implant. She also has retinitis pigmentosa. Teigan also competed at the 2008 World Cup in Manchester and won two bronze medals. Later that year, at her first Paralympic Games in Beijing, Teigan made the final in four of her six races and set several personal bests.

A thrill seeker at heart, Teigan loves scary rides at theme parks as well as shopping with friends and spending as much time as she can at the beach. Her experience in Beijing was very special for Teigan as she was able to experience many different cultures within the Athletes’ Village and the Chinese culture outside the village. She would love to compete at another Paralympic Games and is training to make the Australia team to compete at the 2012 Paralmpic Games in London.

Teigan is currently studying Massage Therapy at Canberra Institute of Technology.

Questions & Answers

  • 1

    What is your most significant achievement in sport?

    Competing at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games and making five finals with 5th being my best placing

  • 2

    What is your major sporting goal?

    To compete at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and win a medal, hopefully gold

  • 3

    What keeps you busy outside sport?

    Friends, family and completing my Massage Therapy course

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