Accompanied everywhere by his seeing-eye dog Jerry, Tim divides his time between work, volunteering for numerous causes, speaking engagements on behalf of the Active Living Alliance of Canadians with Disabilities and being a husband and father.
The first blind person to graduate from the University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor of Education degree, Tim went on to obtain a Master of Arts degree in 2011 and currently works as a Business Development Associate for the provincial government.
Fun fact at this Olympic time: As a very determined blind athlete, in his younger days Tim developed a strategy that helped him to tumble turn as well as any sighted swimmer (now practiced at all competitions). He won numerous medals at four Paralympic Games, and was also a leading medal winner at two World Games. He was awarded Canada’s Junior Athlete of the Year in 1976; Manitoba’s Athlete of the year in 1982 and in 2000 was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. Wow!
These days, due to a busy schedule, Tim trains less- but still enough to compete in the occasional triathlon.
For Tim, being blind pushes him to do more with the support and encouragement he has received from family, organizations, volunteers, and coaches.
“I am so grateful for the help and support of so many people in my life who have brought me the world,” says Tim of his desire to volunteer and to help the Misericordia Health Centre Foundation at this time. “I feel it’s my social responsibility to give back and it is my honour to be involved with a place committed to ensuring excellence in eye care and the gift of sight”.”