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Efthymia Gkouli

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

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

Further personal information

Residence
Athens, GRE
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, French, Greek
Higher education
Media and Communications - National and Kapodistrian University of Athens: Greece

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age three in Athens, Greece.
Why this sport?
"I started to swim to not feel [the impairment in] my hand, and after that I loved it and continued to swim."
Club / Team
Irodikos: Komotini, GRE
Name of coach
Nikolaos Vezos [personal], GRE

International debut

Year
2009
Competing for
Greece

General interest

Nicknames
Efi (Athlete, 21 Aug 2021)
Hobbies
Watching films. (tilestwra.com, 06 May 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the SB8 100m breaststroke at both the 2017 World Championships in Mexico City, Mexico, and the 2018 European Championships in Dublin, Ireland. (Athlete, 21 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
Coach Nikos Vezos, and her mother. (Athlete, 21 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
British swimmer Adam Peaty. (Athlete, 21 Aug 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't give up." (Athlete, 21 Aug 2021)
Ambitions
To finish in the top six at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 21 Aug 2021)
Impairment
She was born with phocomelia, a congenital condition which causes underdeveloped or absent limbs. She is missing her right arm below the elbow as a result of the condition. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019; Instagram profile, 15 Jan 2021)
Other information
FUTURE PLANS
In 2020 she graduated with a degree in media and communications from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in Greece, and plans to build a career in a related field. She also hopes to compete at two editions of the Paralympic Games before starting a family. "I definitely want to go to two more Paralympic Games. I am studying media and communications and trying to finish my degree this year [speaking in 2019]. I would like to have a job related to what I have studied and also have a family. I love children, I think it would be great for me to be a mother." (gazzetta.gr, 15 Mar 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Heat 2 2017-12-04 9999
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB8 Final 1 2017-12-05 3
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Final 1 2017-12-06 8
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 1 2017-12-06 8