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Ales Secnik



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Vrhnika, SLO
Entertainment Industry, Finance
Croatian, German, Slovene, English
Higher education
Multimedia - Institute and Academy for Multimedia: Ljubljana, SLO

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para swimming in 2008 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Why this sport?
He took up the sport as part of his rehabilitation.

International debut

Competing for

General interest

Seco (Athlete, 29 Apr 2011)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold and breaking the world record in the 50m butterfly at the 2015 Grand Prix event in Berlin, Germany. (Athlete, 14 Jul 2015)
Most influential person in career
US comedian George Carlin. (Athlete, 14 Jul 2015)
Hero / Idol
US basketball player Michael Jordan. (Athlete, 14 Jul 2015)
He competed with an inflamed ear at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. (, 13 Jul 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Eat, drink and swim." (Athlete, 14 Jul 2015)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2012 Sportsman of the Year by the Vrhnika Sports Association in Slovenia. (, 28 Nov 2011)
Other sports
He competed in volleyball before his accident, and he has also competed in para-table tennis. (Athlete, 29 Apr 2011)
He broke his neck in a skiing accident in January 2006, which resulted in quadriplegia. (Athlete, 29 Apr 2011)
Other information
He retired from the sport in 2016. "I finished my swimming career in order to finish school, to find a job and because of injuries of the left shoulder. The problem was also financial. I couldn't train seven times a week and maintain job to live on my own." (Athlete, 17 Mar 2019)

He has worked as a speaker at sports events, stand-up comedian, and in the cryptocurrency sector. (Athlete, 17 Mar 2019)


Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM3 Heat 1 6
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB2 Heat 2 7
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heat 1 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S2 Heat 2 7
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S2 Heat 1 2013-08-16 9
Men's 50 m Butterfly S3 Final 1 2013-08-18 9999
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S3 Heat 2 2015-07-16 18
Men's 50 m Backstroke S2 Heat 2 2015-07-19 11