Aldergrove’s Tyler Mrak took on his fourth discipline in the Rio Paralympic Games, this time swimming the 400m Freestyle – S13, finishing sixth in his heat in a time of 4:46.12.
Mrak did not qualify to go on to competition, however, it was a great start for the young athlete, who is sure to continue to compete in future.
Tyler Mrak capped a brilliant 2015 season with three medals and seven finals at the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games. He earned a silver in the 100-m breaststroke, and bronze in the 100-m backstroke and 400-m freestyle.
Mrak gained valuable experience in 2014 by competing for Canada at the Pan Pacific Para-swimming Championships in Pasadena, Calif. He was one of the youngest swimmers on the team at age 16, but still reached five finals capped by a bronze medal in the S13 100-m breaststroke.
He is one of two Surrey Knights swimmers to make the Rio 2016 Canadian Paralympic Team for Toronto, along with Nathan Stein.
Mrak started swimming at age nine with the Langley Flippers.