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Josia Tim Alexander Topf

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S3, SB3, SM3

Further personal information

Residence
Erlangen, GER
Occupation
Student
Languages
English, German
Higher education
Law - Friedrich Alexander University: Erlangen, GER

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
His father taught him to swim at age four. He began regular training in 2012 in Erlangen, Germany.
Why this sport?
"It [swimming] improves my health condition. I am much more free in the water than on land, I can do whatever I want - spin, turn, twist. Whatever I want to do [in the water], I can do it. For me, swimming is a psychologist, a motivational trainer and a friend - all rolled into one. I love this sport. And even after more than 10 years, the love hasn't decreased a day. In the water I have what is unfortunately sometimes denied to me on land - freedom. I fight for every advantage in life. I won't be able to change it, so I'll make the best of it."
Club / Team
SV Erlangen: Germany
Name of coach
Ute Schinkitz [national], GER; Chris Thiel [personal], from 2012
Training Regime
He trains eight times a week in Erlangen, Germany. He also does three strength training sessions a week.

International debut

Year
2014
Competing for
Germany
Location
Berlin, GER

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (nn.de, 03 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"There is no such thing as impossible." (josia-topf.com, 25 Apr 2022)

"If it doesn't work, it doesn't exist." (rtl.de, 17 Apr 2022)
Awards and honours
In 2020 he received the Bavarian Sports Prize in the Outstanding Young Athlete category in Germany. (br.de, 26 Oct 2020; er-schwimmt.de, 01 Sep 2020)

He was named 2019 Young Athlete of the Year by BVS Bayern in Germany. (bvs-bayern.com, 01 Sep 2019)

He was named Sportsman of the Year for 2018 by SV Erlangen in Germany. (er-schwimmt.de, 01 Sep 2020)

In 2018 he was named Athlete of the Year at the Erlanger Sports Gala in Germany. (nordbayern.de, 20 Jan 2019)
Ambitions
To win a medal at a world championships and the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (rtl.de, 17 Apr 2022)
Impairment
He was born with dysmelia, resulting in him missing joints in all four limbs. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018; josia-topf.de, 01 Jun 2014)