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Ivan Nestaval

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S5

Further personal information

Residence
Hluboká nad Vltavou, CZE
Languages
Czech, English

Sport specific information

Why this sport?
He began investigating which sports he could participate in, and initially took up skiing. The following year he got involved in swimming and handcycling.
Club / Team
Kontakt Ceske Budejovice: Czech Republic
Name of coach
Jan Nevrkla [national], CZE

General interest

Hobbies
Handcycling, monoskiing. (aktualne.cz, 15 Dec 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning medals at the 2016 IWAS U23 World Games in Prague, Czech Republic. (aktualne.cz, 15 Dec 2016)
Other sports
He has competed in floorball at national level in the Czech Republic. (aktualne.cz, 04 Feb 2018)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the Paralympic Games. (aktualne.cz, 15 Dec 2016)
Impairment
At age nine he was diagnosed with acute disseminated encephalomyelitis [ADEM], a condition that affects the brain and the spinal cord. (casopisbarbar.cz, 2017; aktualne.cz, 15 Dec 2016)
Other information
WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL TEAM
In 2018 he and floorball teammate Adam Simonek set up a wheelchair basketball team in Ceske Budejovic, Czech Republic. "We were invited to a camp in Nymburk, which was organised by the Wheelchair Basketball Club [WBS] Pardubice, and there we liked it so much that we wanted to do it more than just once at a camp," said Simonek. "Basketball clubs for wheelchair users are very few in the Czech Republic and to commute to Pardubice, Brno or Prague for training is simply not possible," Nestaval added. (aktualne.cz, 04 Feb 2018)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has cooperated with a Czech website to write articles about Para athletes. "My main goal is to show the public that people with an impairment can have an active life doing sport. We also want to inspire and motivate other people with an impairment to become active, because sport gives us self-confidence." (casopisbarbar.cz, 2017)