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Achmat Hassiem

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S10, SB9, SM10

Further personal information

Residence
Cape Town, RSA
Occupation
Athlete, Conservation Worker, Motivational Speaker, Public Speaker
Languages
Afrikaans, English
Higher education
Marketing Management - Varsity College: South Africa

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2007 at the Sport Science Institute of South Africa in Cape Town.
Why this sport?
He was studying alongside South African para-swimmer Natalie du Toit who encouraged him to get back into the water after his accident. "I took to the pool like a shark in the ocean."
Club / Team
Cape Dolphins: South Africa
Name of coach
Brian Button [club], from 2007

International debut

Year
2008
Competing for
South Africa
Tournament
Paralympic Games
Location
Beijing, CHN

General interest

Nicknames
Sharkboy [because his impairment is the result of a shark attack]. (humansofsa.co.za, 23 Mar 2015)
Hobbies
Going to the beach, hiking, being outdoors. (heslopsports.co.za, 07 Nov 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the 100m butterfly at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2015)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2015)
Hero / Idol
South African swimmer Roland Schoeman. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2015)
Injuries
He sustained a lower back injury in April 2015. (Twitter profile, 16 Apr 2015)

He had a double vascular bypass on both of his legs in 2004. (Athlete, 11 Apr 2011)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"Having three stripes shaven into the side of my head makes me swim faster." (Athlete, 11 Apr 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in battle." (Athlete, 12 Jul 2015)
Famous relatives
His aunt Faeeza Heuwel has represented South Africa in netball. His brother Taariq has competed in lifesaving competitions in South Africa. (Athlete, 11 Apr 2011; heslopsports.co.za, 07 Nov 2015)
Impairment
In 2006 he lost his right leg below the knee in a shark attack while he and his brother were training to become lifeguards. He successfully managed to lure the 4.5m great white shark away from his brother by slapping the water with his hand, until the shark bit his leg and dragged him 50 metres. He has drawn the jaws of a shark on his prosthetic leg as a reminder and to motivate him. (sportlive.co.za, 21 Jun 2012; achmat.com, 12 Jul 2010)
Other information
SHARK CONSERVATION
He works as a spokesperson for the conservation of endangered shark species. In February 2016 he was named a Global Shark Guardian by the United Nations Save Our Sharks Coalition. He was also a guest speaker at the 2014 Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals Conference in Quito, Ecuador. (enca.com, 06 Feb 2016; humansofsa.co.za, 23 Mar 2015)

OTHER STUDIES
In 2009 he gained a coaching diploma from the Exercise Teachers Academy in South Africa. (heslopsports.co.za, 07 Nov 2015)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Heat 2 6
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 1 4
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 7
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Heat 1 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Heat 1 6
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 5
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Final Round 8
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Heat 2 4
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Heat 2 2012-09-01 2
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Final Round 2012-09-01 3
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 2012-09-05 6
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 2012-09-06 7
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 2013-08-12 13
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Heat 2 2013-08-16 9999
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Heat 2 2015-07-17 5
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Final 1 2015-07-17 7
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 2015-07-18 10
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 1 2015-07-18 9
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Final Round 2016-09-12 8
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Heat 2 2016-09-12 5
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 1 2016-09-13 5