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Emma Mecic



Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
S9, SB8, SM9

Further personal information

Locarno, SUI

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age seven.
Why this sport?
She took up the sport as a form of therapy because exercising in the water helped strengthen her muscles. "I have chosen swimming not only because of my diagnosis, but also because I feel free to swim by jumping in the water and releasing my mind."
Club / Team
POLHA Varese Sports Association for the Disabled: Italy
Name of coach
Massimiliano Tosin [personal], ITA
Training Regime
She trains for two hours a day, five days a week.

General interest

Sporting philosophy / motto
"Continue with persistent work and do not give up." (, 09 Apr 2019)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2018 Best Junior Para Swimmer by the Croatian Paralympic Committee [HPO]. (, 09 Apr 2019)
To compete at the Paralympic Games. (, 09 Apr 2019)
She was born with hypoplasia [underdevelopment] of the thigh bones. (, 09 Apr 2019)
Other information
Born in Switzerland, she represents an Italian club and is eligible to compete for Croatia at international level. "My coach Massimiliano Tosin directed me towards the Croatian [Paralympic] Committee. Why Croatia? I think you can become a top athlete in Croatia because they have excellent trainers who accompany you and train you well, and there are a lot of athletes who do not give up and struggle every day to achieve their goals." (, 09 Apr 2019)