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Christian Sadie



Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
S7, SB7, SM7

Further personal information

Wife Katerine van der Spuy
Stellenbosch, RSA
Afrikaans, English
Higher education
Psychology - Stellenbosch University: South Africa

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age seven at school. He stopped swimming in grade 10 because he wanted to play a team sport, and took up football for a while, before returning to swimming.
Why this sport?
He began swimming, along with other activities like cycling and playing the drums and piano, to help strengthen his upper body and improve coordination. "I wouldn't say I'm sporty, just competitive. I don't think I'm naturally good at things, I'm just a person who practises a lot. I love playing sport. You get so much testosterone and endorphins. And the adrenaline - it's addictive."
Club / Team
Lane Leader Stellenbosch: South Africa
Name of coach
Keith Jansen [club]

International debut

Competing for
South Africa

General interest

Sports, barbecues, computer games, going out with friends, reading, walking his dogs, software and web development. (, 01 Jan 2021;, 30 Apr 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Achieving a personal best in the 200m individual medley at the 2020 National Short Course Championships in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. (, 01 Jan 2021)
Most influential person in career
Coach Karin Hugo. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
Spanish footballer Santi Cazorla. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You are not going to win by focusing on what others do. You need to focus on what you need to do, to succeed. We are all different and to achieve at the highest it means doing what others might not." (, 01 Jan 2021)
He has radial dysplasia, which refers to the absence or underdevelopment of the radial bone in the forearm. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019;, 09 Jul 2019)


Unit Date Rank
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S7 Final 1 2017-12-02 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S7 Final 1 2017-12-04 2
Men's 50 m Butterfly S7 Final 1 2017-12-05 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Final 1 2017-12-05 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Final 1 2017-12-07 2