Quick Facts

How acquired
Birth
Disability
Physical Impairment – Right below knee limb loss, dysmelia right hand and foot
Sport
Swimming
Date of Birth
January 31, 2001
Home
Kings Langley, NSW
Occupation
Student
Started Competing
2010
First Competed for Australia
2015
Games Experience

Rio 2016

Heroes

Matthew Cowdrey

Career Highlights

Making the Paralympic development squad and the long list for Rio.

Greatest Moment

Breaking first Australian record in 2013 in 50m backstroke

Bio

Timothy Hodge was born with a lower leg deficiency. When he was four years old the deficiency meant that he had to have his right foot amputated. He is also missing two fingers on his right hand and his right arm is shorter than his left.

The young athlete from Sydney’s Hills district has not allowed his condition slow him down however, developing into fine swimmer and backstroke specialist, breaking first Australian record in 2013 in the 50m backstroke.

Timothy won gold in the 50m backstroke at the 2014 Australian Age Championships and the following year he stepped up and won silver in the 50m backstroke at the Australian Open Championships. His performance earned him selected to his first World Championship team.

At just 14 years of age he went to Glasgow for the 2015 IPC World Swimming Championships. He competed in seven events with his best results being fourth in the 4x100m medley relay and sixth in the 100m backstroke. Competing on such a big international stage at a young age was great experience for Timothy and put him in good stead for a Paralympic debut.

At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Tim competed in five events. He placed fifth in the 200m individual medley and sixth in the men’s 100m backstroke. He also competed in the 100m butterfly, 400m freestyle and 100m freestyle but did not progress to the finals.

Timothy swims in the Hills club in Sydney and is coached by Clinton Cavelieri. His goal is to qualify for the Paralympic Games and win a medal in the 100m backstroke.

At a young age Timothy was also an accomplished track athlete. In 2013, he set a School Sports Australia national record in shot put with a distance of 6.75 in the 11-year age category for athletes with a disability.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 100m backstroke Classification: S9
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 100m butterfly Classification: S9
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 100m freestyle Classification: S9
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 200m individual medley Classification: SM9
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 400m freestyle Classification: S9
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 4x100m freestyle relay Classification: S9
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 4x100m medley relay Classification: S9
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 50m freestyle Classification: S9