Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S10, SB9, SM10

Further personal information

Residence
San Diego, CA, USA
Occupation
Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Liberal Studies - San Diego State University [SDSU]: United States

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried Para swimming in 2015 at Camp Pendleton in California, United States of America.
Why this sport?
"Swimming is a great form of stress relief for me, and I'm in less pain from my physical injuries when I'm in the water. Before I started swimming, I was kind of down because I had just been medically retired from the Marine Corps and was dealing with these new injuries, but the pool is the place where I can be like everyone else."
Club / Team
USMC Wounded Warrior Battalion West Regiment: Oceanside, CA, USA
Name of coach
Michael Kleinert [club]
Training Regime
He trains five or six days a week, for up to two hours at a time.

General interest

Other sports
He competed in Para cycling and wheelchair basketball at the 2016 Warrior Games in West Point, NY, United States of America. (sandiegouniontribune.com, 15 Feb 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (newscenter.sdsu.edu, 25 Jan 2017)
Impairment
In November 2013, while serving with the US Marines, he was helping fortify a compound in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, when he was struck by shrapnel from rocket fire. He suffered major injuries to his left arm, leg and torso and sustained a brain trauma injury that affected his memory and causes severe headaches. He underwent several medical treatments as a result of his injuries, and required extensive physical therapy. (sandiegouniontribune.com, 15 Feb 2017; newscenter.sdsu.edu, 25 Jan 2017)
Other information
FUTURE PLANS
In 2015 he was granted admission to San Diego State University [SDSU] in the United States of America through the Presidential Military Special Admission programme. He hopes to become a middle-school teacher in the future. "There's no other university like San Diego State when it comes to veterans. That's why I chose them over any other university." (sandiegouniontribune.com, 15 Feb 2017; newscenter.sdsu.edu, 25 Jan 2017)

IMPORTANCE OF SWIMMING
He used to be a keen recreational runner, but after the incident in Afghanistan he found himself unable to run without experiencing chronic pain from the shrapnel. "It was like my life ended for me, I mean hey, it was pretty close to it being over literally, but to not be able to run after is what really made me depressed. I had times that I thought about taking my own life. Swimming saved my life." (cbs8.com, 16 Mar 2017; sandiegouniontribune.com, 15 Feb 2017; usapatriotism.org, 02 Apr 2015)