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Facundo Jose Arregui

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S7, SB6, SM7

Further personal information

Residence
Rosario, ARG
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Portuguese, Spanish
Higher education
Physical Education - University of Gran Rosario: Argentina

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 2002 in Rosario, Argentina and took up Para swimming seriously in 2012 at the Sportsmen Unidos club.
Why this sport?
"I have always been involved in aquatic sports. I love the sport and it is where I improve myself."
Club / Team
Club Nautico Sportivo Avellaneda: Rosario, ARG
Name of coach
Fernando Arregui [father], ARG, from 2012

International debut

Year
2014
Competing for
Argentina
Tournament
South American Games
Location
Santiago, CHI

General interest

Nicknames
Cufa, Facu (Instagram profile, 02 May 2019; toronto2015.org, 08 Aug 2015)
Hobbies
Playing water polo, socialising with friends, listening to music. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the S7 400m freestyle at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (SportsDeskOnline, 17 Jun 2021; Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
His father. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
Argentinian basketball player Manu Ginobili. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Work hard and fight for what you want." (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2016 he was named Outstanding Paralympic Athlete of the Year at the Santa Fe Provincial Sports Festival in Argentina. In the same year, he was also given the Santafesino Outstanding Award by the government of Santa Fe and named the 2016 Outstanding Young Person of Santa Fe Province at the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Santa Fe Awards. (Facebook page, 28 Apr 2019)

In 2014 and 2016 he was presented with the Jorge Newbery Award as Para Swimmer of the Year in Argentina. (Facebook page, 28 Apr 2019; natacionsportsmen.com.ar, 29 May 2014)
Other sports
He competed in Para open water swimming at the 2018 Rosario Beach National Games in Argentina. (infobae.com, 01 Dec 2018)
Famous relatives
His father Fernando has represented Argentina in water polo and competed at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. His sister Camilla has represented Argentina in artistic swimming and competed at the world championships in 2017 and 2019. She also won five golds and one silver at the 2016 Pan American Championships in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (SportsDeskOnline, 17 Jun 2021; conlagentenoticias.com, 05 Jul 2018; paradeportes.com, 11 Nov 2015; lacapital.com.ar, 23 Oct 2013)
Impairment
He has spina bifida [myelomeningocele]. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Other information
SURGERY AND DEPRESSION
He underwent bladder surgery in 2018 and was unable to move for a month after the operation. The experience led to a period of depression that was heightened on his return to swimming and lasted until mid 2019. "The post-operative period was very hard, I was hospitalised for a week without being able to eat or drink and I then had a month of being unable to move on my own. That lowered my self-esteem. I did not feel that my body was mine and all this made me fall into a depression from which it was difficult for me to get out. Over time that feeling diminished enough for me to compete again but everything had changed. The times didn't work out for me and I didn't enjoy it. Going to training became torture. All that hell lasted about a year but, with psychological help and all the love from my family, I was able to get out of that dark period. I had thought that surgery had ruined my life. But it ended up being quite the opposite and made me reconsider what I wanted from the future." (paradeportes.com, 08 Sep 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m Freestyle S7 Heat 1 2015-07-15 4
Men's 400 m Freestyle S7 Final 1 2015-07-15 4
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m Freestyle S7 Heat 2 2016-09-14 3
Men's 400 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 2016-09-14 5
Men's 100 m Freestyle S7 Heat 2 2016-09-16 8
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S7 Final 1 2017-12-02 6
Men's 400 m Freestyle S7 Final 1 2017-12-03 2