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GROB Josh
Sport Para swimming
NPC Switzerland   
GenderMen
Age22
Height1.70 m
Weight 54 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S8, SB7, SM8
Further Personal Information
Residence
Middlesbrough, ENG
Occupation
Athlete, Motivational Speaker, Student
Languages
English, German
Higher education
Computing - De Montfort University: Leicester, ENG
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age nine in East London, South Africa.
Why this sport?
His swimming coach suggested he enter a competition, and he won.
Club / Team
Nova Centurion: Mansfield, ENG
Name of coach
Martin Salmingkeit [national], SUI; Glenn Smith [personal], ENG, from 2017
Senior International Debut
Year
2009
Competing for
South Africa
Location
Port Elizabeth, RSA
General Interest
Hobbies
Scuba diving, travelling, playing video games, table tennis, computer programming. (Facebook profile, 06 May 2018; Athlete, 14 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing in finals at the 2014 European Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands, and 2016 European Championships in Funchal, Portugal. (Athlete, 14 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
His parents and coaches. (Athlete, 14 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
He was awarded the Disabled Courage Award at the 2011 Midmar Mile, an opening water swimming race in South Africa. (Athlete, 04 Apr 2011)
Impairment
He was born with cerebral palsy. (Athlete, 14 Aug 2018)
Other information
HERITAGE
He was born in South Africa to a British mother and a Swiss father. (paralympic.org, 01 Aug 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
7 2014 100m Freestyle S8 1:06.96
8 2014 50m Freestyle S8 29.86
9 2016 100m Freestyle S8 1:06.37
8 2016 400m Freestyle S8 4:57.98
9 2016 50m Freestyle S8 29.55
2 2018 50m Freestyle S8 28.43
5 2018 100m Freestyle S8 1:03.94