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Nathan Jason

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S12, SB12, SM12

Further personal information

Residence
Australia
Occupation
Student

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
"I've been a nipper [young surf lifesaver] and competitive swimmer since I was five."
Why this sport?
He was inspired by his older brother Braedan to take up the sport.
Club / Team
USC Spartans Swim Club: Australia

General interest

Most influential person in career
His older brother Braedan Jason. (nowtolove.com.au, 11 Apr 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I don't see my impairment as a disability. Instead I've decided to make it something really positive in my life. I can be whatever I want to be. I'm just like all the other kids except I have to try a little harder." (nowtolove.com.au, 11 Apr 2016)
Famous relatives
His older brother Braedan has represented Australia in Para swimming, including at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (paralympic.org.au, 19 Mar 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (nowtolove.com.au, 11 Apr 2016)
Impairment
He was born with cone-rod dystrophy and has less than 10% vision. (news.com.au, 04 Jul 2018)
Other information
PARALYMPIC FAMILY
His brother Braedan was also born with cone-rod dystrophy, and competed at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, while Nathan is aiming for the 2020 Games. "I've got my sights on the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. That's funny. My sights! I might not have it by then!" (nowtolove.com.au, 11 Apr 2016)

BROTHERLY SUPPORT
In July 2018 both Nathan and older brother Braedan took part in the Australian trials for the Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships the same year. Braedan met the required time for the 400m freestyle in the heats and qualified for the final of the event at the trials, but Nathan missed the qualifying time by one second and was named first reserve for the final. Braedan then voluntarily pulled out of the final, meaning Nathan took his place and had another shot at making the qualification time, which he did in a personal best time. As a result, both brothers earned a spot at the Para Pan Pacs. "After the morning swim I was a bit disappointed because I was just outside the time and the final, and Braedan told me what he was planning to do. I got a chat from him telling me he's pulled out and I had the opportunity but needed to step up, so I pulled my finger out and went for it. It was the hardest swim I've ever had in the 400m and thankfully the results came through. We've always been pretty close as brothers, always enjoyed being around each other in the surf, in the backyard or whatever. And now being on a [Para Pan Pacs] team for both of us is pretty special, this being my first team is epic, looking up to Braedan and seeing where the baseline is for where I need to be." (news.com.au, 04 Jul 2018)