11008-Craig Frederick Groenewald photo

Craig Frederick Groenewald



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
S14, SB14, SM14

Further personal information

Wife Sarah and one daughter

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 1994 in Cape Town, South Africa.
Club / Team
St. Andrew's Dragons: Johannesburg, RSA
Name of coach
Theo Verster [national]; Sibani Makhanya [national]

General interest

Awards and honours
He was presented with the Most Successful Male Athlete Trophy and Top Male Swimmer award at the 2009 Global Games in the Czech Republic. (, 21 Jul 2009)

He was named Best Male Swimmer at the 2005 World Championships in the Czech Republic. ( 12 Jun 2014)

He was named South African Para Sportsman of the Year in 2004. (, 02 Oct 2012)
Other sports
He is a 16-time winner of the Midmar Mile open water swimming event in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. ( 12 Jun 2014)
Famous relatives
His wife Sarah is the director and head coach of Sarah's Swim Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he has worked as a coach. (Facebook profile, 10 Jul 2017; Sarah Groenewald Facebook profile, 07 Apr 2017;, 15 May 2016)


Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S14 Heat 4 3
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB14 Heat 3 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB14 Final Round 6
Men's 200 m Freestyle S14 Heat 4 2
Men's 200 m Freestyle S14 Final Round 4
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Freestyle S14 Heat 1 2013-08-12 11
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB14 Heat 3 2013-08-16 12
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM14 Heat 2 2013-08-18 13