Timothy Hodge (swimming) claimed his first major international medals – silver in both the men’s 100m breaststroke SB8 and 100m backstroke S9 – at his Commonwealth Games debut on the Gold Coast in 2018. At his second Games in Birmingham in 2022, the western Sydneysider won gold in the 100m backstroke S9 in a Games record and a second successive silver in the 100m breaststroke SB8.
Timothy’s right foot was amputated when he was four due to a lower-leg deficiency. He is also missing two fingers on his right hand and his right arm is shorter than his left. He took up swimming aged four as part of rehabilitation after the amputation of his foot and made his world championships debut in Glasgow in 2015 aged 14 where he competed in seven events. The following year, he made his Paralympic debut in Rio. Since then, the 13-time Australian champion has won eight world championship medals – including successive gold in the 200m medley SM9 in 2022 (world record) and 2023 – as well as two silver and a bronze at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Game. He lowered his own world record in the 200m medley SM9 at the 2023 Australian championships.
Timothy is studying electrical engineering at Western Sydney University and is coached by Misha Payne at Blacktown Swimming Club.
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Are you a citizen of a country other than Australia? If yes, please provide details?
Auburn Swim Club, Auburn, NSW Australia
Why did you begin your sport?
As a 4 1/2 year old after amputation of foot, as rehab & to learn to swim.
What is your most memorable sporting achievement?
Competing at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games
Who is your hero / idol, and why? Have you ever met them?
Matthew Cowdrey - He was the most decorated Paralympian when I started swimming. He is an S9 swimmer which is the same classification as me. I had the opportunity to meet him when I competed against him at National Opens.
Who has been the most influential person or people in your career and why?
My Parents & my Coach. They have always supported anything I wanted to do.
Do you have any hobbies away from your sport?
I like to read & play Xbox.
What is your sporting ambition?
To win a medal at the Paralympics & Commonwealth Games.