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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
S6, SB5, SM6

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 got involved in the sport as part of his therapy.
Club / Team
CN Sitges: Spain
Name of coach
Jaume Marce Gil [personal], ESP, from 2014
Training Regime
He trains for up to six days a week at the High Performance Centre of Sant Cugat in Spain. He does 13 sessions through the week, including four in the gym.

International debut

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

General interest

Nicknames
Toni (Twitter profile, 11 Apr 2019)
Hobbies
Football. (kurere.org, 10 Nov 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and winning gold in the SB5 100m breaststroke at the 2017 World Championships in Mexico City, Mexico. (concursoescolar.hoy.es, 01 May 2018)
Most influential person in career
His wife. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2015)
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 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 compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 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
PROS AND CONS
He competed against able-bodied swimmers as a boy but decided to quit the sport at age 14 and focus on his studies. He became aware of Para swimming after his wife watched the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, and he decided to return to the pool despite weighing over 100kg. At the same time as he was regaining his fitness, his condition began to worsen and his neurologist told him it was the result of competing in sport at an elite level. He began using a wheelchair in 2017 but he is still committed to being the best swimmer he can be. "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." (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