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Ariel Enrique Schrenck Martinez

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S9, SB9, SM9

Further personal information

Residence
Sant Feliu de Guíxols, ESP
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
Catalan, English, French, Spanish
Higher education
Engineering - Polytechnic University of Catalonia: Spain

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He learnt how to swim at six months old in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He began competing in able-bodied swimming at age four in Girona, Spain, and took up Para swimming in 2016.
Why this sport?
He comes from a family with a swimming tradition. His parents enrolled him into a swimming club, and doctors also encouraged him to try the sport. "Although I have been swimming all my life, I started in Para swimming in 2016. Until then, I just swam with able-bodied athletes."
Club / Team
CN Mataro [ESP] / CN Riembau [ESP]:
Name of coach
Iker Embeita [club]; Maria Folgado [club]
Training Regime
He trains twice a week at the CN Mataro Para swimming section, and four days a week at the able-bodied swimming club CN Riembau.

International debut

Year
2017
Competing for
Spain
Location
Berlin, GER

General interest

Hobbies
Music, playing video games. (miradasconalma.org, 06 Apr 2019; Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal and a bronze medal at the 2018 European Championships in Dublin, Ireland, and bronze at the 2021 European Championships in Funchal, Portugal. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018; Instagram profile, 24 May 2021)
Most influential person in career
His grandfather. (miradasconalma.org, 06 Apr 2019; Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
US swimmers Michael Andrew and Caeleb Dressel. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Injuries
He broke his right elbow in a fall in early 2020 and was sidelined from training for one month. (marca.com, 21 May 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"In the water I have always sought to match others based on healthy competitiveness. I am not different, better or worse than anyone else because I have only one hand." (miradasconalma.org, 06 Apr 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2017 and 2018 he was named Best Para Athlete at the Sports Gala in Mataro, Spain. (totmataro.cat, 29 Mar 2019; totmataro.cat, 07 Apr 2018)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the Paralympic Games. (fosbury.cat, 02 Jul 2019)
Impairment
He was born without his left hand. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018; marca.com, 23 Jan 2018)
Other information
BENEFITS OF SPORT
He believes sport can be beneficial for the health and well-being of people with impairments. "You should not sympathise with a person with an impairment because you are giving them an excuse to give less than they can. You give them protection that is not real and then that person will not know how to face the world. In fact, if someone told me that they cannot play sports because they have an impairment, I would answer that they are perhaps looking for an excuse. I even found a way to do archery. I wasn't the best shooter in the world but, you know, I fired my arrows." (miradasconalma.org, 06 Apr 2019)

STUDIES
He has studied for a degree in data engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Spain. (Instagram profile, 13 Jul 2020)