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Kabelo Zwane

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S6, SB7, SM6

Further personal information

Residence
Johannesburg, RSA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Zulu

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para swimming at age nine at the Mandeville Aquatics Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa following a recommendation from his school driver.
Why this sport?
"I wanted to decrease my anger through Para swimming."
Club / Team
Mandeville Dolphins: Johannesburg, RSA
Name of coach
Tadhg Slattery [club], RSA

International debut

Year
2019
Competing for
South Africa

General interest

Nicknames
Shaun (Facebook profile, 21 Jan 2021)
Hobbies
Football, reading, athletics, playing computer games, watching movies. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019; speedo.co.za, 01 Jan 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2019 World Series in Glasgow, Scotland. (speedo.co.za, 01 Jan 2021)
Most influential person in career
Coach Tadhg Slattery. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
South African Para swimmer Christian Sadie. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Keep pushing yourself and always aim high." (speedo.co.za, 01 Jan 2021)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2020 Mandeville Dolphins Male Swimmer of the Year at the club's annual awards ceremony. (Mandeville Para Swimming Facebook page, 14 Nov 2020)

He was named the 2015 Para Sportsman of the Year in Ekurhuleni, South Africa. (germistoncitynews.co.za, 23 May 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (speedo.co.za, 01 Jan 2021)
Impairment
He was born with phocomelia, an impairment where the limbs are underdeveloped or absent. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)