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A swimmers emerges from the water to begin a stroke

Andrew Mullen

Swimming
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S5, SB4, SM5

Further personal information

Residence
Glasgow, SCO
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Finance - Glasgow Caledonian University: Scotland

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age seven with the Temple Swimming Club in Glasgow, Scotland.
Why this sport?
"I didn't choose swimming as a sport. My parents thought it would be a great life skill and it progressed from there. Once I was exposed to the competitive side of swimming, my interest sky-rocketed. I've always been a competitive person, so I was really drawn towards swimming in that respect. I realised I wanted to pursue swimming seriously once I started to have some success as a teenager. That was when I had an aptitude for the sport and could potentially build a career from it, if I really applied myself.”
Club / Team
City of Glasgow Swim Team: Scotland
Training Regime
He has swims eight or nine times a week at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow, Scotland, and he does two weekly gym sessions.

International debut

Year
2011
Competing for
Great Britain
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Berlin, GER

General interest

Hobbies
Football, following US sports. (eveningtimes.co.uk, 24 Mar 2017; scottishswimming.com, 01 Jan 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing in his debut Paralympic Games as a 15-year-old in London in 2012, and winning a silver and two bronze medals at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (barrheadnews.com, 16 Jul 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
“I've always worked incessantly at bettering myself, and I feel more determined than ever to do well. I just need to stay disciplined and focus on the processes to make sure I give it my best shot.” (glasgowtimes.co.uk, 05 Feb 2021)
Awards and honours
In 2017 he was named Para Swimmer of the Year by British Swimming. (BritishSwimming YouTube channel, 04 Nov 2017)

In 2013 and 2015 he was named Para Swimmer of the Year by Scottish Swimming. (swimswam.com, 19 Sep 2015; thepatter.org, 10 Apr 2014)

In 2012 he was named Young Sports Person of the Year at the Glasgow Sports Person of the Year Awards in Scotland. (glasgowlife.org.uk, 05 Feb 2013)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (gcu.ac.uk, 23 Feb 2021)
Impairment
A congenital limb condition left him with no forearms or hands. He was also born with a shortened left leg and without a functional hip joint for his left leg, meaning he only has one fully functioning limb. (barrheadnews.com, 16 Jul 2021; heraldscotland.com, 15 Apr 2011)
Other information
STUDIES ON HOLD
In 2020-21 he deferred the fourth and final year of his finance, investment and risk degree at Glasgow Caledonian University [GCU] in Scotland to focus on his Paralympic trials and training programme. “Striking the balance between sport and study is always a tough one. Both require a large investment of time and energy so excelling in both, at the same time is difficult. GCU, however, have been fantastic in allowing me to slowly but surely work my way through my degree. I've deferred my last year of study in order to fully focus on swimming, once this season has finished, I'll be back to finish off my last couple of semesters.” (gcu.ac.uk, 23 Feb 2021)

LOCAL SPONSORSHIP DEAL
He was able to defer his university studies and train full-time thanks to a sponsorship deal from Mactaggart & Mickel, a construction firm based in Glasgow, Scotland. “The Mactaggart & Mickel sponsorship has been massive in allowing me to fully dedicate my time towards preparing for the Paralympic Games. Due to COVID-19, the current climate has resulted in lots of uncertainty for athletes, but Mactaggart & Mickel's support, however, has been a constant for me and is always greatly appreciated. The way they have put their faith in me has meant so much because it takes a lot of stress away so I can focus on swimming, and the fact I know they believe in me will certainly spur me on. It could make all the difference. I know from experience that there is a very thin line between success and failure, and I'll give it all I've got to do my country proud in Tokyo by winning gold.” (glasgowtimes.co.uk, 05 Feb 2021)

MENTOR ROLE
After competing at the 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games, he is looking forward to playing a mentor role for British Para athletes who will be competing at their first Paralympic Games in Tokyo in 2021. “I'll be something of a senior statesman but if I can pass on anything useful based on my experiences to my team-mates who are competing at their first Paralympics then I will gladly do so. There's 23 of us, a healthy mixture of young people and older swimmers, and I'm sure we'll really gel as a team.” (posabilitymagazine.co.uk, 16 Jul 2021)

Results

Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 2012-08-30 8
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2012-08-30 5
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final Round 2012-09-06 4
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 3 2012-09-06 2
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Final Round 2012-09-07 4
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heat 2 2012-09-07 2
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Final 1 2013-08-12 3
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heat 2 2013-08-12 3
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final 1 2013-08-14 2
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 1 2013-08-14 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Heat 1 2013-08-15 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Final 1 2013-08-15 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Final 1 2013-08-17 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Final 1 2013-08-18 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2013-08-18 4
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 1 2015-07-13 1
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final 1 2015-07-13 2
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Final 1 2015-07-15 2
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2015-07-15 2
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heat 2 2015-07-16 3
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Final 1 2015-07-16 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Final 1 2015-07-17 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 2015-07-17 5
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Final 1 2015-07-19 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 2015-07-19 4
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 2016-09-08 3
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 2016-09-08 2
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Final Round 2016-09-10 4
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heat 2 2016-09-10 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2016-09-12 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 2016-09-12 5
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 1 2016-09-16 1
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final Round 2016-09-16 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2016-09-17 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 2016-09-17 3