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Manuel Martinez Martinez

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Classification
S4, SB3, SM4

Further personal information

Residence
Alicante, ESP
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Spanish
Higher education
Sports Science - Miguel Hernandez University: Elche, ESP

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age eight in Alicante, Spain.
Why this sport?
Doctors encouraged him to start swimming as part of his therapy. "It was incredible when I first swam. I cannot describe it. I felt so free. In the water I could move and play at will."
Club / Team
CE Aquarium Alacant: Alicante, ESP
Name of coach
Maria Folgado [national], ESP; Luis Garcia Pastor [personal]

International debut

Year
2018
Competing for
Spain
Location
Sheffield, ENG

General interest

Hobbies
Listening to music, watching Para sports [boccia, wheelchair basketball, blind football], supporting Spanish football team Elche CF. (proyectofer.es, 19 Jun 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Placing fourth in the SB3 50m breaststroke at the 2018 European Championships in Dublin, Ireland. (albateraactualidad.es, 25 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Luis Garcia Pastor, and his parents. (aquimediosdecomunicacion.com, 14 Aug 2019; Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
British swimmer Adam Peaty. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"One must always fight for higher goals because nothing is impossible." (albatera.org, 08 Oct 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 World Championships in Madeira, Portugal. (albateraactualidad.es, 05 May 2022)