Quick Facts

How acquired
Birth
Disability
Physical Impairment – Short stature – Hypochondroplasia
Sport
Swimming
Date of Birth
August 9, 2001
Home
Killara, NSW
Occupation
Student
Started Competing
2009
First Competed for Australia
2015
Games Experience

Rio 2016

Heroes

James Magnussen

Career Highlights

Getting selected for the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships

Greatest Moment

Winning my first ribbon in horse riding and swimming

Bio

Tiffany Thomas-Kane burst onto the international swimming scene when she won gold in the S6 100m breaststroke at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships with a world record time of one minute, 34.95 seconds. Even more impressive, she was just 13 years old when she did it.

She also took home silver in the 50m butterfly as well as bronze in the 50m freestyle and 100m freestyle. The Championships were a resounding success for the young Sydney athlete and a memorable debut for the teenager. It was her first international meet, after her world record-breaking efforts at the 2015 Australian Championships earned her selection on the Australian Dolphins team.

Starting off the Rio 2016 Games year with a splash, Tiffany went on to break her own world record at the Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide, where she swum the women’s 50m breaststroke multi-class event in a time of 43.06s.

Tiffany made her Paralympic debut in Rio as one of the youngest members of the 2016 Australian Paralympic Team. In a stellar Games campaign, she won the gold medal in the 100m breaststroke, and also won bronze medals in the 50m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 200m individual medley.

In reflection on racing at Rio, she said “just to think that I’m here competing for my country is amazing. It’s been such a good time and I’ve enjoyed it every second.”

Tiffany was born with hypochondroplasia causing short stature. She got involved with swimming through her sister who is a swimmer, and thought it was a fun sport to do.

Outside of swimming, Tiffany loves horse riding. She is a student at Ravenswood School in Sydney, where she also trains under coaches Mitch and Lach Falvey. She trains alongside Olympic and World Championship medallist James Magnussen who is also her role model.

 

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 4x50m freestyle relay Classification: S6
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 100m backstroke Classification: S6
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 100m breastsroke Classification: SB6
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 100m freestyle Classification: S6
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 200m individual medley Classification: SM6
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 4x100m freestyle relay Classification: S6
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 50m butterfly Classification: S6
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 50m freestyle Classification: S6
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 4x100m Medley Relay Classification: S6