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Laura Aurelia Dinda Sekar

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S6, SB5, SM6

Further personal information

Residence
Pekanbaru, INA
Occupation
Student
Languages
English, Indonesian
Higher education
Psychology - Gadjah Mada University: Yogyakarta, INA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming in third grade of primary school in Pekanbaru, Indonesia. She took up Para swimming in 2016 and began competing at the 2016 National Paralympic Week in West Java, Indonesia.
Why this sport?
She took up swimming initially as a therapy for her asthma. She represented East Kalimantan province in national able-bodied swimming for students prior to her injury. "My coach asked me to swim again. I decided to give it a try since I thought I had talent in swimming. At the time I wasn't aware of Para sports. Then I found out that they also have serious tournaments and championships."
Name of coach
Bhima Kautsar [national], INA; Dimin [national], INA

International debut

Year
2017
Competing for
Indonesia
Location
Kuala Lumpur, MAS

General interest

Most influential person in career
Her mother. (tribunnews.com, 09 Oct 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up. Never feel inferior. We have our own different ways to achieve." (kumparan.com, 31 Jul 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (pantau.com, 17 Oct 2018)
Impairment
During the 2015 Provincial Students Sports Week in Semarang, Indonesia, she fell in the bathroom without realising that her spine was fractured. A month after the fall, she bent over to pick up her phone and suddenly she heard a crack in her back followed by severe pain. The doctor said it was too late since the one-month long injury had totally damaged her spinal cord. "I cried at the beginning of Para swimming practice. It took extra effort to swim without legs. But I still had the dream of becoming an athlete. So, taking up Para swimming was also like a way to prove to myself that I still can be one." (kumparan.com, 31 Jul 2018; liputan6.com, 12 Oct 2018)
Other information
FAMILY SUPPORT
She says the support from family and friends helped her cope with her post-injury depression. "I was already an athlete and also highly active teenager. I was very depressed. But then I also thought about my mother who sacrificed every second of her day to help me around. And then I thought of my friends who gave me endless support. So, if they wanted to help me, why wouldn't I do the same thing with myself? From that moment, I decided I won't let my physical limitation become a reason to be limited." (kumparan.com, 31 Jul 2018; YouTube channel, 06 Jul 2018)

EDUCATION
She was inspired by the TV series 'CSI' to take up a minor in clinical psychology at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. "I'm a huge fan of 'CSI' and detective movies, which motivated me into psychology. And I think that mental health is much more important than physical health. Even if you're physically impaired like me, since I'm mentally fit, I can achieve anything." (VICE Indonesia YouTube channel, 27 Jun 2018)