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Janina Falk

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S14, SB14, SM14

Further personal information

Residence
Vienna, AUT
Languages
German

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age eight in Vienna, Austria.
Why this sport?
She was hyperactive as a child and her mother thought swimming would help to tire her out. "After my first experiences in the water, I was so excited that I regularly took part in club training from then on. I did not think about competitions or titles and records at the time - but soon one thing led to another and my ambition in the pool was rewarded with success."
Club / Team
ASKO WAT Wien: Austria
Name of coach
Detlef Leu [club], AUT; Adi Gschwandtner [personal], AUT, from 2019

International debut

Year
2017
Competing for
Austria
Location
Aguascalientes, MEX

General interest

Hobbies
Listening to music. (Athlete, 10 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning three medals at the 2020 European Open Championships in Funchal, Portugal. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
Her foster parents. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
British Para swimmer Jessica-Jane Applegate. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The sky is the limit." (Athlete, 20 Aug 2021)
Awards and honours
She was named Austrian Disabled Sports Association Young Athlete of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2017. (Facebook page, 13 Jul 2018; janinafalk.at, 30 Apr 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Facebook page, 26 Jul 2018)