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Adam Ismael Wenham

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S14, SB14, SM14

Further personal information

Residence
Australia
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Norwegian

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 2009 in Tromso, Norway.
Why this sport?
He took up the sport to help control his attention deficit hyperactivity disorder [ADHD].
Club / Team
Woy Woy Swim Club [AUS] / Tromso SK [NOR]:
Name of coach
Graeme Carroll, AUS, from 2017

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Norway
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Glasgow, SCO

General interest

Hobbies
Swimming at the beach, computers. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the SB14 100m breaststroke at the 2017 World Championships in Mexico City, Mexico. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
His father. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Working hard brings results." (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Facebook page, 09 Jul 2018)
Impairment
His impairment is the result of injuries he sustained in a car accident at age 15 months. He was later diagnosed with an intellectual impairment, a condition called agnosia that affects his vision, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder [ADHD]. (nrk.no, 22 Jun 2016; Athlete, 10 Jul 2015; 15 Aug 2018)
Other information
FROM AUSTRALIA TO NORWAY
He and his family moved from Australia to Norway in 2002. (nrk.no, 22 Jun 2016)

ACCIDENT
His impairment is the result of an accident in which a car ran over his head when he was just age 15 months. At the time his family were living in Perth, WA, Australia, and doctors there did not think he would survive the incident. However, he came out of a coma after five days and then spent the next year in intensive rehabilitation, using a special helmet to prevent his head from receiving any further trauma. "It was as if life stopped. We prepared to lose him," his mother Sandra said. (nrk.no, 22 Jun 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB14 Final 1 2015-07-13 7
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB14 Heat 2 2015-07-13 8
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Freestyle S14 Heat 3 2016-09-11 6
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB14 Heat 1 2016-09-14 3
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB14 Final Round 2016-09-14 5
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM14 Heat 3 2016-09-17 6
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB14 Final 1 2017-12-02 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM14 Final 1 2017-12-04 4
Men's 100 m Butterfly S14 Heat 2 2017-12-07 5
Men's 100 m Butterfly S14 Final 1 2017-12-07 6