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Justin Kaps

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S10, SB9, SM10

Further personal information

Family
Partner Lene
Languages
English, German

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up swimming at school at age six in Berlin, Germany.
Why this sport?
He was spotted by coach Phillip Semechin at a school swimming class for children with impairments. Semechin recognised his talent and invited him to train with the Berlin Swim Team.
Club / Team
Berliner Schwimmteam: Germany
Name of coach
Phillip Semechin

General interest

Nicknames
JK (Athlete, 22 Aug 2021)
Hobbies
Playing computer games, spending time with friends. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2019 World Championships in London, England. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
His parents, and coach Phillip Semechin. (tagesspiegel.de, 23 Mar 2020; Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
German Para swimmer Lucas Ludwig. (Athlete, 22 Aug 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"A life without swimming would be boring." (tagesspiegel.de, 23 Mar 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (tagesspiegel.de, 23 Mar 2020)
Impairment
He was born with a club foot, a crooked spine and foetal alcohol syndrome [FAS]. (tagesspiegel.de, 23 Mar 2020; Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Other information
DIFFICULT UPBRINGING
Born with a club foot, a crooked spine and foetal alcohol syndrome [FAS], he was operated on 12 times shortly after birth. Both his parents had problems with alcohol and drug addiction, and he was often left alone in their apartment. At age five, a youth welfare officer removed him from the family, and he was taken in by a foster family several years later. When he was age 11 he was informed that his biological mother had passed away. At age 18 he was allowed to re-establish contact with his biological father. At the 2019 German Championships in Berlin, Germany, both his biological father and his foster parents watched from the stands. (tagesspiegel.de, 23 Mar 2020)