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Andreas Onea

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S8, SB8, SM8

Further personal information

Residence
Deutsch-Wagram, AUT
Occupation
Armed Forces Athlete, Motivational Speaker
Languages
German, Italian, Romanian, English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age seven at the Weisser Hof Rehabilitation Centre in Austria.
Why this sport?
He began swimming as therapy. "[I wanted ] to stay fit and learn how to have an active lifestyle with one arm. The great thing about swimming is that the water supports the body and you can move around with limited mobility. At some point I took part in a smaller competition and from then on it developed step by step. I made the decision to do professional sport at the age of 18."
Club / Team
Schwimm-Union Wien: Austria
Training Regime
He trains for four hours a day, six days a week.

General interest

Nicknames
Andy (Athlete, 08 Feb 2012)
Hobbies
Communications technology, reading. (Athlete, 10 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the SB8 100m breaststroke at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 10 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (Athlete, 10 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
Swiss tennis player Roger Federer, US swimmer Michael Phelps, US Para swimmer Jessica Long. (sporthilfe.at, 21 Apr 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Always give your best and find solutions." (Athlete, 01 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2013 he received the Goldene Sportehrenabzeichen [Golden Badge of Honour] from the city of Deutsch-Wagram in Austria. (Facebook profile, 22 May 2015)

In September 2010 he was presented with the Goldene Verdienstzeichen der Republik Osterreich [Golden Badge of Honour of the Republic of Austria] in recognition of the bronze medal he won at the 2010 World Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Facebook profile, 22 May 2015)
Ambitions
To win gold at the Paralympic Games, the world championships, and the European championships. (noe.orf.at, 21 Nov 2020)
Impairment
He lost his left arm at age six after he was injured in a car accident in Romania. "A truck in front of us had lost oil, we were told by the authorities afterwards. It had also rained heavily that day. My father lost control of the car, went off the road, and the car rolled over several times. I was so 'smart' back then and had the belt wrapped around my arm so that I could sleep comfortably on it. When the car rolled over, I was thrown out of the vehicle. The belt tightened and literally ripped my arm off. I was thrown about 15 metres from the vehicle and landed in a ditch." (noe.orf.at, 21 Nov 2020; Athlete, 10 Sep 2019; derstandard.at, 27 Mar 2017)
Other information
MEDIA CAREER
He has worked as a presenter on the Austrian television programme 'Ohne Grenzen' [No Limits] and for the Austrian Armed Forces podcast 'SportRapport'. He has also written articles for the Schwimm Union Wien website in Austria. "I have been moderating 'Ohne Grenzen' since 2012. It was one of the biggest developments of my life. I can make a bigger impact with the programme rather than sitting at home and complaining that they make poor reports on 'us'. In general, I am a bit critical of the scene, because I find that people with an impairment are more likely to take things outside the box, approach the environment differently, and play a more active role in the desired change." (obsv.at, 02 Feb 2021; schwimm-union-wien.at, 21 Dec 2020; Facebook page, 02 Sep 2020; meinbezirk.at, 23 May 2019; medium.com, 18 Feb 2019; andreasonea.at, 19 Nov 2014)

FURTHER EDUCATION
In 2020 he graduated with a master's degree in business administration and sports from the University of Applied Sciences Burgenland in Eisenstadt, Austria. (LinkedIn profile, 26 Feb 2021; Facebook profile, 09 Feb 2021; Athlete, 10 Sep 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB8 Heat 1 3
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB8 Final Round 6
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB8 Heat 2 4
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB8 Final Round 8
Men's 100 m Butterfly S8 Heat 1 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Heat 2 7
Men's 50 m Freestyle S8 Heat 3 6
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Butterfly S8 Heat 3 2012-08-30 6
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB8 Final Round 2012-09-01 4
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB8 Heat 2 2012-09-01 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Heat 1 2012-09-05 2
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Heat 2 2013-08-13 11
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB8 Final 1 2013-08-15 2
Men's 100 m Butterfly S8 Heat 1 2013-08-16 9
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Butterfly S8 Heat 2 2015-07-13 9
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB8 Heat 1 2015-07-14 3
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB8 Final 1 2015-07-14 3
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Heat 1 2015-07-15 11
Men's 50 m Freestyle S8 Heat 2 2015-07-19 13
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Butterfly S8 Final Round 2016-09-09 6
Men's 100 m Butterfly S8 Heat 1 2016-09-09 3
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB8 Final Round 2016-09-14 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 2016-09-16 7
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Heat 1 2016-09-17 5
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 2017-12-04 6
Men's 50 m Freestyle S8 Final 1 2017-12-04 7
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB8 Final 1 2017-12-05 5
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB8 Heat 2 2017-12-05 2
Men's 100 m Butterfly S8 Final 1 2017-12-06 6
Men's 100 m Butterfly S8 Heat 1 2017-12-06 6
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Heat 1 2017-12-07 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Final 1 2017-12-07 4