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Antonio Fantin

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S6, SB5, SM6

Further personal information

Residence
Bibione, ITA
Occupation
Student
Languages
English, Italian

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age four in 2005 in Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy.
Why this sport?
He took up swimming as part of his rehabilitation at age four. He was later inspired by the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. "I have always had a passion for sport and have always dreamed of competing at high levels, but I have understood over the years that it takes commitment and a lot of sacrifice. Swimming allows you to prove who you are to others, even if you do not have use of legs or arms. You can give your best and get results."
Club / Team
Aspea Padova [ITA] / Fiamme Oro Nuoto [ITA]:
Name of coach
Matteo Poli, ITA, from 2018

International debut

Year
2017
Competing for
Italy

General interest

Hobbies
Sailing. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal at the 2017 European Para Youth Games in Italy. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
His sister, and his mum Sandra. “I owe everything to my mum. She took me to the pool to do rehabilitation, and often waited hours and hours because I didn't want to go into the water." (finp.it, 20 Oct 2019; Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
“You always have to give your best with what you have, without thinking about what is missing: I think this is the key to living well, regardless of what happens. You have to look at the glass as half-full, without ever getting discouraged, and facing everything with a smile and positivity." (finp.it, 20 Oct 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2019 he received a Golden Collar award for outstanding results and sporting ethics by the Italian Olympic Committee and the Italian Paralympic Committee. (Instagram profile, 15 Dec 2019)
Other sports
He has played water polo for athletes with an impairment at club level in Italy. (swimbiz.it, 22 May 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games In Tokyo. (ilgazzettino.it, 21 Jan 2020)
Impairment
He had spinal arteriovenous malformation [AVM] that resulted in lower limb paralysis. "At age three I was standing up, but then one day I woke up with a tingling in my foot, and it all started from there. For me it was a starting point of a new life. I was very young, much of what I know has been told to me by family. After a delicate operation my parents were advised to put me in the water to do physiotherapy. My relationship with the swimming pool started like this." (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final 1 2017-12-02 2
Men's 400 m Freestyle S6 Heat 1 2017-12-02 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S6 Final 1 2017-12-02 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S6 Heat 2 2017-12-04 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S6 Final 1 2017-12-04 3
Men's 100 m Backstroke S6 Final 1 2017-12-05 3
Men's 100 m Backstroke S6 Heat 1 2017-12-05 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S6 Final 1 2017-12-07 4
Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final 1 2017-12-07 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S6 Heat 2 2017-12-07 3