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Gert Johannes van Heerden

Swimming

Biography

Further personal information

Residence
Kimberley, RSA
Occupation
Student
Languages
Afrikaans, English
Higher education
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

International debut

Year
2014
Competing for
South Africa
Tournament
Pan Pacific Championships
Location
Pasadena, CA, USA

General interest

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)
Injuries
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)
Impairment
He was born with cerebral palsy. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2015)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
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