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Ilija Tadic

Athletics | Swimming


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
S9, SB9, SM9

Further personal information

Budva, MNE
Athlete, Student
English, Serbian

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He got involved in swimming at age nine and began competitive swimming at age 14. Two years later he moved to Serbia to train.
Why this sport?
His doctor recommended he take up swimming to help his physical development and promote good health.
Name of coach
Danijela Franeta [national]; Bosko Radulovic, MNE

International debut

Competing for
European Championships
Funchal, POR

General interest

Scuba diving. (Athlete, 14 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and serving as Montenegro's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the Games. (Athlete, 14 Aug 2018;, 09 Sep 2017)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (Athlete, 14 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
He was flag bearer for Montenegro at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 25 Jan 2020)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 04 Dec 2019)
He is missing his left arm below the elbow. (Athlete, 14 Aug 2018)
Other information
In April 2020 he accepted a swimming scholarship at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, United States of America. "I received a full scholarship that covers the costs of tuition and a stay in a boarding school. I am extremely happy. Currently [speaking in 2020] there is only one Para swimmer [competing at university level] in the US at Rice University, but that situation is slowly changing. Last year the National Collegiate Athletic Association [NCAA] formed a working group to gradually integrate Para athletes into the competition programme in athletics and swimming. In that way it will be possible for Para athletes to get the opportunity to train and study at the highest level." (, 18 Apr 2020)

He says young Para swimmers should not be prevented from training with swimmers without impairments. "I would recommend to all coaches that train Para athletes to put them in the same group as kids without disabilities. The kids with disabilities are motivated when they swim with kids without disabilities and have that impetus around them. Young Para athletes should start training early, swimming isn't a sport you can start at the age of 15 or 16." (Para Coach Facebook page, 29 Jul 2020)


Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 2016-09-12 6
Men's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 3 2016-09-13 5
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 2017-12-04 8
Men's 100 m Freestyle S9 Final 1 2017-12-04 8
Men's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2017-12-07 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S9 Final 1 2017-12-07 6