Antonio Franko

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S10, SB9

Further personal information

Residence
Kraljevica, CRO
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Croatian, English
Higher education
Electronic Engineering - University of Rijeka: Croatia

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age six at the Primorje club in Rijeka, Croatia.
Why this sport?
His mother signed him up for a swimming club. "She did it as a part of my rehabilitation. I then fell in love with the sport and started to take it more seriously and compete."
Club / Team
PK Forca: Rijeka, CRO
Name of coach
Hrvoj Vlahovic [club], CRO; Slobodan Glavcic [national], CRO
Training Regime
He usually trains for six hours a day, six days a week, which includes his sessions for triathlon. He spends two hours a day swimming.

General interest

Sporting philosophy / motto
"We can all make our dreams come true and achieve our goals, regardless of all the obstacles and problems in our way." (in-portal.hr, 20 Sep 2015)
Other sports
He has represented Croatia in Para triathlon, finishing eighth in the PTS4 category at the 2017 European Championships in Kitzbuhel, Austria. (SportsDeskOnline, 12 Oct 2017; in-portal.hr, 17 Feb 2016, 20 Sep 2015)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the Paralympic Games. (in-portal.hr, 17 Feb 2016, 20 Sep 2015)
Impairment
He was born with an underdeveloped right leg. He is also missing ligaments in his knee, as well as two fingers. (in-portal.hr, 20 Sep 2015)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRST
He became the first athlete to represent Croatia in Para triathlon at the European championships when he competed at the 2017 edition of the tournament in Kitzbuhel, Austria. (triathlon.hr, 03 Jul 2017; rival.hr, 16 Jun 2017)