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Muhammad Nur Syaiful Zulkafly

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S5, SB4, SM5

Further personal information

Residence
Sarawak
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Malay

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para swimming in 2015 in Sarawak, Malaysia.
Why this sport?
He first tried Para swimming as part of his rehabilitation. "I am grateful for my mother, for taking me to the recovery centre in Sarawak. [Para swimming] all began at the centre. I finally got my life back after a year of despair. A friend there asked me, 'Do you want to compete in Para swimming?' I was confused, I didn't know there were tournaments for people with impairments. But I wouldn't choose any other Para sports since two of my main hobbies took place in the water, which were swimming and fishing."
Club / Team
Sarawak: Malaysia

International debut

Year
2017
Competing for
Malaysia
Location
Kuala Lumpur, MAS

General interest

Nicknames
Sepul (Facebook profile, 08 Mar 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the S5 50m freestyle event at the 2018 Asian Para Games in Indonesia. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
His family and coach. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian Para swimmer Daniel Dias. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Borneo Facebook page, 05 Nov 2018)
Impairment
He was involved in a motorcycle accident in 2012, which resulted in an impairment to his legs. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)