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Nader Khalili

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S14, SB14, SM14

Further personal information

Residence
Vaasa, FIN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Finnish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2011 in Vaasa, Finland.
Why this sport?
His parents enrolled him and his twin brother Ali into a swimming club. "I remember wanting to play in the water. I've always enjoyed being in the water."
Club / Team
Vaasan Uimaseura [VUS-VSS]: Finland
Name of coach
Jari Kallio [club], FIN; Jari Nordblom [national], FIN
Training Regime
He completes up to 11 training sessions a week.

General interest

Hobbies
Football, floorball, gymnastics, athletics, playing computer games. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019, 13 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in the 100m backstroke at the 2019 European Para Youth Games in Pajulahti, Finland. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
His twin brother. "I've always wanted to beat him, and this pushed me on." (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Fight to the end." (luovi.fi, 31 May 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2019 he was presented with a Young Athlete Award at the Finland Svenska Idrott [FSI] Sports Gala. (vus.fi, 31 Jan 2020; Instagram profile, 26 Jan 2020)

In 2017 and 2019 he was named Para Swimmer of the Year by the Finnish Swimming Association. (ilkkapohjalainen.fi, 12 Dec 2019; yle.fi, 23 Dec 2017)
Famous relatives
His twin brother Ali competed for the Vaasan Uimaseura swimming club in Finland for two years. He has since worked as swimming instructor at a high school in Vaasa, Finland. (vammaisurheilu.fi, 25 Jun 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (vammaisurheilu.fi, 25 Jun 2019)
Impairment
He was diagnosed with autism at an early age. (yle.fi, 23 Feb 2019)