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TRIMI Arjola
Sport Para swimming
NPC Italy   
GenderWomen
Age31
Place of BirthTirana, ALB
Height1.80 m
Weight 55 kg
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, but did not take up the sport seriously until 2013 in Milan, Italy.
Why this sport?
She had practised athletics, karate and wheelchair basketball, until her passion for swimming developed after she attended hydrotherapy sessions as part of her rehabilitation. She also likes the feeling of freedom the sport gives her. "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
Memorable sporting achievement
"Everyday feelings that I experience in the water are priceless, more than any victory." (swim4lifemagazine.it, 27 Nov 2017)
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 a pulmonary oedema 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 by the Milan office of the Italian Olympic Committee [CONI]. (glgs-ussi.it, 28 Mar 2018)
Impairment
She has a degenerative neurological condition, which has resulted in paralysis and muscle contractions. (cervelliamo.blogspot.co.uk, 16 Jul 2013; Athlete, 12 Jul 2015; swim4lifemagazine.it, 27 Nov 2017)
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 obliged me to stop my training." Around the same time she was also diagnosed with a pulmonary oedema. "The difficulty was huge, so I decided to withdraw [from the world championships]. 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, 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