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David Gelfand

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S9, SB8, SM9

Further personal information

Residence
Weston, CT, USA
Occupation
Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Mechanical Engineering - Tufts University: Medford, MA, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first went swimming at about age six months.
Why this sport?
"My parents took me swimming in the little 'daddy and me' events, and ever since then I've liked to swim. I just like the freedom. "On a pool deck, there's really no way to hide your disability, which has made it much easier to accept myself for who I am."
Club / Team
Tufts University: Medford, MA, USA
Name of coach
Adam Hoyt [club]

General interest

Hobbies
Camping, biking, reading, playing board games. (gotuftsjumbos.com, 01 Sep 2017)
Most influential person in career
His father. (news12.com, 16 Jun 2013)
Hero / Idol
US Para athlete Rudy Garcia-Tolson. (gotuftsjumbos.com, 01 Sep 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2009 he received the Hope Award from the Challenged Athletes Foundation in the United States of America. (weston-ct.patch.com, 11 Apr 2011)
Ambitions
To compete at the Paralympic Games. (thewestonforum.com, 19 Feb 2015)
Impairment
He was born with focal femoral deficiency. The condition means he has no bones between his hip and his left foot. (weston-ct.patch.com, 11 Apr 2011)