Gert Johannes van Heerden
Further personal information
University of the Free State: Bloemfontein, RSA
Sport specific information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age seven in Kimberley, South Africa.
Why this sport?
He took up swimming to improve his strength in the right side of his body. "My parents thought that, because my right hand side functioning was not good, swimming might help strengthen my muscles."
Club / Team
Kovsies Aquatics: Bloemfontein, RSA
Pan Pacific Championships
Pasadena, CA, USA
Hero / Idol
South African swimmer Cameron van der Burgh, South African Para swimmer Natalie du Toit. (ufs.ac.za, 18 May 2016; Athlete, 12 Jul 2015)
He received a sporting achievement award at the University of the Free State's 2018 Kovsie Sport Awards in Bloemfontein, South Africa. (ufs.ac.za, 27 Sep 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up." (Athlete, 12 Jul 2015)
He was born with cerebral palsy. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2015)
|Men's 50 m Freestyle S10||Heat 2||2015-07-13||14|
|Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB9||Heat 1||2015-07-15||7|
|Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB9||Final 1||2015-07-15||8|