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Johannes Weinberg

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S11, SB11, SM11

Further personal information

Residence
Nuremberg, GER
Occupation
Student
Languages
English, German

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up swimming at age 11.
Why this sport?
"The water means to me freedom, autonomy and independence. If I had not gone blind, I would never have gone swimming. I would have become a footballer like my brothers."
Club / Team
TV 1860 Immenstadt : Germany
Name of coach
Christine Zahringer [club]; Birgit Joas [club]

General interest

Hobbies
Football, cycling. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal in the SB11 100m breaststroke at the 2018 European Championships in Dublin, Ireland. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (teamdeutschland-paralympics.de, 23 Aug 2020)
Impairment
He lost his sight at age five, with doctors unable to determine what caused the blindness. His family visited numerous doctors and four different universities, but no cause was found. (svlfg.de, 01 Feb 2016; all-in.de, 22 Mar 2015)
Other information
ELECTRONIC DEVICE AIDS TURNS
In 2018 he began testing a set of prototype swimming goggles. The goggles were designed by scientists at the University of Leipzig in Germany, and are fitted with an electronic device that is paired with a receiver at either end of the pool. The device vibrates when it is time for him to turn, eliminating the need for someone to 'tap' him on the head at each end of the pool. "I have had occasions when the tapper forgot, or I did not notice the touch, and then I swim against the wall, which hurts." (augsburger-allgemeine.de, 21 Jun 2018)