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Profile of Spaniard Antoni Ponce while swimming at a competition

Antoni Ponce Bertran

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S5, SB5, SM5

Further personal information

Family
Wife Maria
Residence
Vilafranca del Penedes, ESP
Occupation
Athlete, Physical Therapist
Languages
Catalan, Spanish
Higher education
Physiotherapy - EU Gimbernat: Sant Cugat del Vallès, ESP

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age six in Vilafranca del Penedes, Spain. He took up Para swimming in 2012.
Why this sport?
He had previously competed in able-bodied swimming as a child, and became aware of Para swimming when his wife watched the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. He then became involved in the sport again as part of his therapy.
Club / Team
CN Sitges: Spain
Name of coach
Jaume Marce Gil [personal], ESP, from 2014
Training Regime
He trains at Sant Cugat High Performance Centre in Barcelona, Spain.

International debut

Year
2014
Competing for
Spain
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Eindhoven, NED

General interest

Nicknames
Toni (dxtadaptado.com, 03 Feb 2020)
Hobbies
Football. (kurere.org, 10 Nov 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (fosbury.cat, 18 Feb 2020)
Most influential person in career
Coach Jaume Marce Gil. (dxtadaptado.com, 30 Dec 2019)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian Para swimmer Daniel Dias. (dxtadaptado.com, 30 Dec 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Disability, which people see as a problem, has given me a solution. It is thanks to my disability that I am who I am today." (kurere.org, 10 Nov 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2019 he was presented with the Prize to the Effort for his achievements and promotion of Para sports. (dxtadaptado.com, 03 Feb 2020)

In June 2019 he was named Para athlete of the Month by the International Paralympic Committee [IPC]. (dxtadaptado.com, 30 Dec 2019; efe.com, 13 Jul 2019)

In 2018 he won the Fosbury Athlete of the Year award. (fosbury.cat, 18 Feb 2020)

In 2017 he received an acknowledgement from the city of Sitges in Spain. The honour was in recognition of his participation at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (sitgesvida.com, 01 Aug 2017)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (dxtadaptado.com, 30 Dec 2019)
Impairment
He has bilateral degenerative spastic paraplegia. The condition mainly affects his abdomen and his legs. (kurere.org, 10 Nov 2018; Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He runs a physical therapy clinic in Vilafranca del Penedes, Spain. "I wake up every day at 06:30 in the morning, travel by car to Barcelona to train, then return to Vilafranca del Penedes to work in the clinic. Doing both things involves a good management of my time, but it helps me to disconnect [my mind] from swimming, and that suits me well." (dxtadaptado.com, 30 Dec 2019; marca, 04 Oct 2019)

SPORT AND HIS IMPAIRMENT
He has bilateral degenerative spastic paraplegia, and his condition began to worsen after he took up the sport in 2012. He decided to continue swimming despite being warned by his neurologist that the acceleration of the severity of his impairment may be the result of competing in sport at an elite level. "The sport has caused my condition to worsen faster, but the benefits are very good and that's why I continue and go for more. Life is what touches you and you have to enjoy it. You cannot throw in the towel and be pessimistic because you will not enjoy your life. You have to set goals and fight for them. Each person has to set their own goals so that his day-to-day life is better, no matter what." (fosbury.cat, 18 Feb 2020; kurere.org, 10 Nov 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Heat 1 2015-07-14 8
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Final 1 2015-07-14 7
Men's 400 m Freestyle S7 Final 1 2015-07-15 6
Men's 400 m Freestyle S7 Heat 1 2015-07-15 6
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Heat 1 2015-07-16 14
Men's 100 m Backstroke S7 Heat 1 2015-07-18 11
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 2 2015-07-18 7
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final 1 2015-07-18 7
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S7 Heat 1 2016-09-08 5
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Heat 2 2016-09-13 5
Men's 400 m Freestyle S7 Heat 2 2016-09-14 4
Men's 400 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 2016-09-14 7
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Final Round 2016-09-15 7
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Heat 2 2016-09-15 5
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m Freestyle S6 Final 1 2017-12-02 3
Men's 400 m Freestyle S6 Heat 1 2017-12-02 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB5 Final 1 2017-12-03 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S6 Heat 1 2017-12-05 2
Men's 100 m Backstroke S6 Final 1 2017-12-05 2
Men's 50 m Butterfly S6 Heat 1 2017-12-06 11
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM6 Final 1 2017-12-07 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM6 Heat 1 2017-12-07 3