14994-Alen Kobilica photo

Alen Kobilica



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
S11, SB11, SM11
Mitja Mori

Further personal information

Ljubljana, SLO
Athlete, Business Owner, Model

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He swam and took part in a number of sports for years before he lost his vision.
Name of coach
Grega Nahtigal

General interest

He injured his shoulder in 2015 after falling off his bicycle. (, 18 Sep 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"No problem is so difficult that it cannot be resolved and overcome." (, 21 Apr 2011)
Other sports
He represented Slovenia in para-swimming at the 2013 World Championships in Montreal, QC, Canada. He has also competed in para-alpine skiing. (SportsDeskOnline, 23 Sep 2015;, 2013;, 20 Apr 2011)
Following the removal of a brain tumour in 2008 his vision started to decline. Doctors had warned him before the operation that he may lose his sight. Initially he was completely blind, but two years later he began to be able to tell whether he was in an area with light sources or not. (, 05 Oct 2010)
Other information
He had a successful career as a fashion model, working for designers such as Giorgio Armani. He travelled back and forth between France and Italy for several years at the beginning of his career, before moving to South Africa and New York, United States. He returned to Europe several years later and worked in Spain and Germany before opening his own modelling agency called Alan Kobilica Models. (Facebook profile, 18 Sep 2015;, 24 Sep 2010; Men's Health Magazine, 23 Dec 2008)

He is co-owner of the weight loss business Organika Plus in Ljubljana, Slovenia. (Facebook profile, 18 Sep 2015)

A documentary about him called 'Walking on Water' was released in 2011. The film follows his progression from being diagnosed with a brain tumour to competing in para-swimming at international level. (, 2011)


Unit Date Rank
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Final 1 2013-08-13 9999
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Final 1 2013-08-17 7