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Hamish McLean

Name Hamish McLean
Sport Para swimming
Date of Birth
28 January 2000
Coach Fiona Hezinger
Resides Christchurch (home town Wanaka)
Occupation Student
Classification S6, SB6, SM6
Impairment (Disability)
Short stature (Achondroplasia)
 Paralympian # 199 - Rio 2016


Major International Results
2016 Rio 2016 Paralympic Games 7th – Men’s 400m Freestyle S6
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships 8th - Men's 400m Freestyle S6


World Rankings (as at May 2017)
Men's 100m Freestyle S6 2
Men's 400m Freestyle S6 3
Men's 200m Individual Medley SM6 3
Men's 100m Backstroke S6 3
Men's 50m Butterfly S6 7

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

Hamish is from Wanaka 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 Mern'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 is continuing his dedicated training regime towards the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. He swims 15-20 hours per week, adds gym and physiotherapy or pilates sessions, and maintains his own stretching and strengthening programme. 

Hamish is studying at Canterbury University and fits his university work around his busy schedule of swimming and traveling.

Hamish is definitely 'one to watch' in the future. 


Key international events include:

Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships - 9 to 13 August 2018

About Hamish

Classification means...

S6 and SB6 and SM6?
Letter = represents the stroke i.e. SM is Individual Medley, S is Backstroke, Butterfly and Freestyle, SB is Breaststroke Number represents the athletes activity limitation. Athletes with physical impairment are numbered 1-10. A lower number indicates a more severe activity limitation than a higher number.

Classification Means...

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