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Julian Bajada

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S7, S8, SB7

Further personal information

Residence
Balzan, MLT
Occupation
Athlete, Legal Professional
Languages
English, Maltese
Higher education
Law - University of Malta: Malta

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 2012 in Malta.
Why this sport?
"Swimming gave me the opportunity to push myself to my limits, in my own way. It gives me the satisfaction and self-confidence in doing what I love."
Club / Team
Silver Lining Swimming Club: Malta
Name of coach
Izabelle Zarb [national], MLT

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Malta
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Glasgow

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Completing the Gozo to Malta 5km open water channel swim and participating at the 2015 ASA National Championships. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2015)
Most influential person in career
His coaches and his teammates. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2015)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian para-swimmer Daniel Dias. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Focus on what you can do, and not what you can't!" (Athlete, 11 Jul 2015)
Impairment
He was born with a severe case of femoral fibular ulnar syndrome, which left him without a right forearm, one finger on his left hand and two short legs with shin bones that angled forward. He had five operations before age 15 to straighten and lengthen his legs. (timesofmalta.com, 15 Jan 2012; Athlete, 11 Jul 2015)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He works as a legal trainee for Camilleri Preziosi Advocates in Valletta, Malta. (Facebook profile, 22 Feb 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Heat 2 2015-07-14 13
Men's 100 m Freestyle S8 Heat 2 2015-07-16 15
Men's 50 m Freestyle S7 Heat 1 2015-07-19 19