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James Tien Yu Wong



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
S8, SB8, SM8

Further personal information

Adelaide, SA, AUS
English, Malay
Higher education
Commerce, Economics, International Studies - University of Adelaide: Australia

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para swimming at age nine in school.
Why this sport?
He nearly drowned in an incident as a child, so he began swimming for water safety. "I enrolled in a course that guarantees you can swim in a month's time. At the end of that month, I managed to do one lap and I was like, 'Wow, this is just amazing'. As a child, I felt the sense of freedom every time I went in the water. I would swim at the pool in my school whenever I could find the time. One day someone came up to me and asked if I would be interested in becoming a competitive swimmer and represent the country. That someone was former national coach Lewin Lim, who is involved with the national Para swimming team. I accepted his invitation as I liked his personality and things started from there."
Club / Team
Norwood Swimming Club: Adelaide, SA, AUS
Name of coach
Shaun Curtis [club], AUS

International debut

Competing for
South East Asian Games
Vientiane, LAO

General interest

Listening to music, going to the beach. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Qualifying for the 2019 World Championships after winning a bronze medal in the SM8 200m individual medley at the 2018 Asian Para Games in Indonesia. (, 24 Nov 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coach Shaun Curtis. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
Australian Para swimmer Matt Cowdrey. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I just want to be better than what I was before. I love winning but if I win a race without doing a personal best, I don't really feel that satisfied anyway." (, 24 Nov 2018)
Awards and honours
He received a Governor's International Student Award for Sporting Achievement in 2012 and again in 2014, while studying at the University of Adelaide in Australia. (, 03 Nov 2014)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 03 Apr 2020)
He was born with part of his left arm missing. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019;, 03 Nov 2014)
Other information
He moved from Malaysia to Adelaide, SA, Australia, for education purposes and to gain access to better training facilities. "Swimming is very popular in Australia and the training facilities and coaching are fantastic. I chose Adelaide because of the advantage it holds for international students, including quality universities and living standards. It's a friendly city. My experience of studying and training abroad has made me resilient, independent and confident of winning gold for Malaysia." (Facebook profile, 22 Sep 2018;, 07 Nov 2012)