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Joshua Grob

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S8, SB7, SM8

Further personal information

Residence
England
Occupation
Student
Languages
English, German
Higher education
Computing, Forensics - De Montfort University: Leicester, ENG

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He learnt to swim at an early age and began competing in the sport at age nine in East London, South Africa.
Why this sport?
He began competing in the sport after his coach suggested he enter a competition, which he went on to win. "I've been able to swim since I was age two or three, and that's because I grew up in South Africa. Basically everybody had a pool because it was a warm climate, and if you didn't know how to swim you were either unsafe in the water or completely left out because everybody would want to go for a swim. I started swimming competitively because my swimming teacher at the time suggested that I enter the county trials. It ended up being a really good environment."
Training Regime
He trains up to seven sessions in the pool and two sessions in the gym per week.

International debut

Year
2009
Competing for
South Africa
Location
Port Elizabeth, RSA

General interest

Hobbies
Scuba diving, travelling, playing video games, table tennis, computer programming. (Facebook profile, 03 Jan 2020; Athlete, 14 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal in the S8 50m freestyle and bronze in the S8 400m freestyle at the 2018 European Championships in Dublin, Ireland. (Charlotte Fish YouTube channel, 14 Aug 2019)
Most influential person in career
His parents and coaches. (Athlete, 14 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
He was named Sportsman of the Year for 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20 by De Montfort University in Leicester, England. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Sep 2020)

He was presented with the Disabled Courage Award at the 2011 Midmar Mile, an open water swimming race in South Africa. (Athlete, 04 Apr 2011)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Charlotte Fish YouTube channel, 14 Aug 2019)
Impairment
He was born with cerebral palsy. "My cerebral palsy affects me when I'm training because I have a massive power difference between my left and right side. I find that my right arm and leg are significantly weaker than my left side. That makes gym exercises interesting. In the pool I generally don't push off at all using my right leg. My left leg is certainly dominant." (Charlotte Fish YouTube channel, 14 Aug 2019; Athlete, 14 Aug 2018)
Other information
HERITAGE
He was born in South Africa to a British mother and a Swiss father. (paralympic.org, 01 Aug 2014)

FURTHER EDUCATION
After completing a bachelor's degree in digital forensics at De Montfort University in Leicester, England, in 2020 he began studying for a postgraduate certificate in education [PGCE] in computing at the University of Roehampton in London, England. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Sep 2020)