FORD Andrew < Back  
Sport Swimming
CGA Canada   
Gender Men
Born 19 Jun 1989 in Guelph, CAN
Height1.86 m
Weight 73 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Occupation Athlete, Music Producer
Languages English
Higher education Psychology - University of Guelph: Canada
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He took swimming lessons at age three and joined the Guelph Marlin Aquatic Club at age five. He took part in his first competition at age seven.
Why this sport? His parents tried various other sports to drain his energy, including judo and football, but only swimming appealed to him. "I just love getting up on the blocks and having fun, seeing how fast I can go. I race for the love of the sport."
Club / Team Guelph Marlin Aquatic Club: Canada
Name of coach Don Burton
Training Regime He trains 10 times a week for a total of 30 hours. This includes land training [cycling, push-ups and rope climbing].
International Debut
Year 2010
Competing for Canada
Tournament Pan Pacific Championships
Location Irvine, CA
General Interest
Hobbies Music, playing piano and guitar, acting, playing video games. (swimming.ca, 12 Aug 2012; therecord.com, 03 Mar 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement Reaching the semifinals of the 200m individual medley at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (atguelph.uoguelph.ca, 24 Aug 2012)
Most influential person in career His coach Don Burton and his parents. (swimming.ca, 17 Sep 2010)
Hero / Idol US swimmers Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. (swimming.ca, 12 Aug 2012; parcolympique.qc.ca, 06 Apr 2012)
Injuries He qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games in London [200m individual medley] despite competing with a chest infection at the Olympic trials in Montreal, Canada. (atguelph.uoguelph.ca, 24 Aug 2012)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs He has a pre-race meal of yoghurt, fruit and granola. (swimming.ca, 12 Aug 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto "There is a line between people who like to win and people who hate to lose. I absolutely hate to lose." (atguelph.uoguelph.ca, 24 Aug 2012)
Awards and honours He was named Swimming Canada Male Individual Medley Swimmer of the Year in 2011 and 2012. (swimswam.com, 26 Nov 2012; canswim.ca, 28 Nov 2011)
Ambitions To compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (swimming.ca, 12 Aug 2012)
Other information OCCUPATION
He is also a disc jockey/music producer who goes by the name Streetlytz. (Twitter profile, 12 Mar 2013)