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Ariel Quassi

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S5, SB4, SM5

Further personal information

Residence
Avellaneda, ARG
Occupation
Coach, Lecturer, Sports Administrator
Languages
English, Spanish
Higher education
Advertising - Argentinian University of Enterprise [UADE]: Buenos Aires, ARG

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para swimming at age three, and began competing in 1997 in Avellaneda, Argentina.
Why this sport?
Doctors encouraged his parents to take him to the pool as they felt it would be good for his condition. "I always loved swimming."

International debut

Year
1999
Competing for
Argentina
Tournament
Parapan American Games
Location
Mexico City, MEX

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at four Paralympic Games from 2000 to 2012, and winning a silver medal in the SB4 100m breaststroke at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (paradeportes.com, 04 Jul 2019; Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
Argentinian basketball player Emanuel Ginobili. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Give everything you can and enjoy it." (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Impairment
He was born with spinal atrophy. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Other information
RETIREMENT
He announced his retirement after the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. (Instagram profile, 30 Aug 2019; paradeportes.com, 04 Jul 2019, 07 Mar 2019)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2017 he became a member of the Proud Paralympian programme team that staged workshops at the 2017 Youth Parapan American Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The scheme, which is an International Paralympic Committee [IPC] initiative, aims to give Para athletes the tools they need to give their best on and off the field. He contributed as a coach and advisor. "Being a Proud Paralympian leader makes me feel great pride because I have the privilege to spread and develop the Paralympic spirit with those who, in the future, will the make the [Paralympic] movement even bigger. I have been actively collaborating for two years. I try to talk about my sporting experience and support the athletes." (paradeportes.com, 07 Mar 2019; paralympic.org, 16 Mar 2017, 15 Mar 2017)

OCCUPATION
He has taught advertising at the Argentinian University of Enterprise [UADE] in Buenos Aires since he began his teaching career at age 25. He is also a swimming coach and has coordinated a social sporting programme in the municipality of Avellaneda, Argentina since 2017. (globalonet.com, 14 Feb 2019; elgrancampeon.com.ar, 11 Feb 2016)

FURTHER EDUCATION
He has a master's degree in communications. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Durban 2006 (Durban, South Africa)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heats 11
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Final Round 5
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heats 14
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Final Round 5
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 1 5
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Final Round 6
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Heat 2 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Final Round 6
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Final Round 7
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Heat 2 4
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 2 7
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Heat 2 6
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Heat 1 2012-09-04 4
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 3 2012-09-06 5
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heat 1 2012-09-07 6
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Final 1 2013-08-13 5
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 2 2013-08-14 12
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Final 1 2013-08-15 8
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Heat 1 2013-08-15 7
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 2 2015-07-13 16
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heat 1 2015-07-16 13
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Heat 1 2015-07-18 6
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Final 1 2015-07-18 6
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Final 1 2017-12-02 6
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 2 2017-12-04 9