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Enrique Jose Alhambra Mollar

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S13, SB13, SM13

Further personal information

Languages
Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at six months old in Valencia, Spain.
Why this sport?
His parents introduced him to swimming. He also wanted to follow his sister into the sport.
Club / Team
Club Valenciano de Natacion : Spain
Training Regime
He trains at the Sierra Nevada High Performance Centre [CAR] in Monachil, Spain.

International debut

Year
2017
Competing for
Spain
Location
Berlin, GER

General interest

Nicknames
Kike (Twitter profile, 25 Mar 2022)
Hobbies
Snowboarding, watching videos on YouTube. (proyectofer.es, 19 Jun 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Placing fifth in the S13 100m backstroke at the 2018 European Championships in Dublin, Ireland. (proyectofer.es, 03 Apr 2019)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Belarusian Para swimmer Ihar Boki. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
He was Spain's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2019 World Championships in London, England. (proyectofer.es, 04 Sep 2019)

In 2016 he received the Sports Merit Award for Scholar Para Athlete of the Year in Valencia, Spain. (fdmvalencia.es, 05 Sep 2017)
Other sports
"From day one I have trained like someone without any impairments. It is true that it is a little harder for me to adjust to the turns due to the visual issue, but you learn it in the end." (yosoynoticia.es, 04 Feb 2021)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 World Championships in Madeira, Portugal, and the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (proyectofer.es, 24 Mar 2022, 18 Nov 2021)
Impairment
He was diagnosed with macular dystrophy at age seven. (proyectofer.es, 19 Jun 2019)
Other information
LESSONS FROM DISAPPOINTMENT
He says missing the S13 100m backstroke qualifying standard for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo by one-hundredth of a second was useful experience despite his disappointment. "It was a hit. I didn't take it well at all. I had been looking for the minimum mark for some time, but remaining so close got in my head. From that moment on, I kept trying, but I couldn't do it anymore. After the deadline had passed, I achieved the standard in two events. From the moment I found out I wasn't going to Tokyo, I already began focusing on the next Games in Paris [in 2024]. Although it seems that there is still a long way to go, in reality, it is just over two years [speaking in November 2021]. I am sure that this cycle will be different for me. Little by little, I am accumulating more experience. I will know how to better manage the different situations that arise." (proyectofer.es, 24 Mar 2022; proyectofer.es, 18 Nov 2021)