HORTNESS Richard < Back  
Sport Swimming
CGA Canada   
Gender Men
Born 23 May 1985 in Medicine Hat, CAN
Height1.92 m
Weight 88 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Languages English, French
Higher education Biology, Education - University of Nevada Las Vegas [UNLV]: Las Vegas, NV, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He started swimming competitively in 1996 with the Langley Flippers Swim Club.
Club / Team London Aquatic Club: London, ON, CAN
Name of coach Paul Midgley
International Debut
Year 2007
Competing for Canada
Tournament Pan American Games
Location Rio de Janeiro
General Interest
Hobbies Rock climbing, playing video games and cooking. (Swimming Canada, 16 Jul 2010)
Most influential person in career His parents. (Swimming Canada, 16 Jul 2010)
Awards and honours Named as the Canada West Universities Athletic Association's Rookie of the Year for 2005. (swimming.ca, 14 May 2008)
Other information US COLLEGE
A fellow member of the Alberta Marlin Aquatic Club in his hometown of Medicine Hat was already a University of Nevada Las Vegas [UNLV] student and informed him that the UNLV Rebels were looking to recruit another sprint swimmer. He took a trip to Las Vegas with a list of questions for head coach Jim Reitz and was reassured that his Olympic ambitions would not be disrupted because of UNLV's programme. Indeed Reitz allowed him to skip the 2008 National Collegiate Athletic Association [NCAA] Championships to swim in Canada's Olympic trials. (canada.com, 05 Apr 2008)

In May 2000 he was part of the world's largest orchestra, playing the alto sax. The orchestra consisted of nearly 6,500 music students and musicians from the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. (unlvrebels.cstv.com, 10 May 2007; canadianencyclopedia.ca, 20 May 2008)

He says his fixation with competing at the Olympic Games began in 1996 when a diver and a softball player, whose names he can't remember, spoke at his high school about how the students could realise their Olympic dreams. "It's been that long since I said 'I want to go to the Olympics'," he said. "Back then I was still a kid. I had no idea what that meant." (canada.com, 05 Apr 2008)

He acted as support for athletes during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver as part of a motivation tool by the Canadian Olympic Committee. (swimalberta.ca, 09 Feb 2010)