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TRIMI Arjola
Sport Para swimming
NPC Italy   
GenderWomen
Age32
Place of BirthTirana, ALB
Height1.80 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S4, SB3, SM4
Further Personal Information
Residence
Milan, ITA
Occupation
Bank Employee
Languages
English, French, Italian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She learnt to swim as a baby, and she took up Para swimming in 2013 in Milan, Italy.
Why this sport?
She had practised athletics, karate and wheelchair basketball when she was younger. Her passion for swimming developed after she attended hydrotherapy sessions as part of her rehabilitation. "It makes me feel good and free."
Club / Team
Polha Varese: Italy
Name of coach
Massimiliano Tosin [club, national], ITA; Micaela Biava [club, national], ITA
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Italy
General Interest
Most influential person in career
Her family. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2015)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2015)
Injuries
She was diagnosed with fluid on the lungs in 2017. (swim4lifemagazine.it, 27 Nov 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Have fun and give your best." (Athlete, 12 Jul 2015)
Awards and honours
In 2018 she received the Gold Medal for Athletic Merit from the Milan office of the Italian Olympic Committee [CONI]. (glgs-ussi.it, 28 Mar 2018)
Impairment
In 2012 she began to lose the feeling in her lower body. She was then diagnosed with a degenerative neurological condition, which has resulted in paralysis and muscle contractions. "[What triggered the condition] is still a mystery. It's certainly more difficult than before, but over time I'm able to build a daily routine. After all the despair and anger, there came a time when I had to collect the pieces and try to figure out what to do." (corrierequotidiano.it, 01 Dec 2018; swim4lifemagazine.it, 27 Nov 2017; Athlete, 12 Jul 2015; cervelliamo.blogspot.co.uk, 16 Jul 2013)
Other information
MISSED WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
To treat her condition she requires the use of a medical pumping device that works using pressure. As a result of this, she had to skip the 2017 World Championships in Mexico City, Mexico, because the high altitude of the venue [over 2200m above sea level] affected the normal use of the device. "I did a test in Livigno [Italy, located at 1800m above sea level] and I immediately found evident problems that forced me to stop my training. My health is above any sporting competition." (swim4lifemagazine.it, 27 Nov 2017)

FROM ALBANIA TO ITALY
She was born in Tirana, Albania. At age two she and her family relocated to Italy. (swim4lifemagazine.it, 27 Nov 2017; comitatoparalimpico.it, 01 Jan 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
4 2016 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:33.16
5 2016 150m Individual Medley SM4 2:57.91 
6 2016 50m Breaststroke SB3 1:07.69
5 2016 50m Backstroke S4 54.03 
2 2016 50m Freestyle S4 40.51 
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
2 2013 50m Freestyle S4 45.25
2 2013 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 3:08.71
3 2013 100m Freestyle S4 1:38.02
3 2013 200m Freestyle S4 3:23.67
4 2013 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 3:29.61
2 2015 50m Freestyle S4 41.69
4 2015 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:37.95
Heats 2015 200m Freestyle S5 3:15.30
4 2015 150m Individual Medley SM4 3:09.88
7 2015 50m Breaststroke SB3 1:08.82
1 2015 50m Backstroke S4 51.87
European Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 100m Freestyle S4 1:33.89
1 2014 50m Freestyle S4 44.11
4 2014 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 3:00.96
1 2014 200m Freestyle S4 3:25.00
3 2014 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 3:16.87
4 2014 50m Backstroke S4 1:01.36
1 2016 100m Freestyle S4 1:28.02 WR
2 2016 50m Backstroke S4 54.80
2 2016 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 2:47.74
3 2016 50m Breaststroke SB3 1:04.40
8 2016 150m Individual Medley SM4  DSQ
3 2016 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:33.61
1 2016 200m Freestyle S4 3:10.61 WR
1 2016 50m Freestyle S4 41.12
3 2018 200m Freestyle S5 3:12.62
1 2018 50m Freestyle S4 40.58
1 2018 50m Breaststroke SB3 1:04.48
4 2018 100m Freestyle S5 1:27.63
1 2018 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:22.87