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INTERNATIONAL PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE
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A male Para swimmer holds onto the pool wall at the end of a race

Reece Dunn

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Classification
S14, SB14, SM14

Further personal information

Residence
Plymouth, ENG
Languages
English

Sport specific information

Why this sport?
His parents wanted him to learn to swim as a life skill, and then enrolled him at the Devonport Royal club in Plymouth, England.
Club / Team
Plymouth Leander Swimming Club: England
Name of coach
Robin Armayan [club], FRA

International debut

Year
2019
Competing for
Great Britain
Location
Berlin, GER

General interest

Most influential person in career
His family. (plymouthleander.com, 03 May 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I don't tend to look really far ahead, I just think of what's in front of me and take it as it comes." (paralympics.org.uk, 20 Jun 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 11 Feb 2020)
Impairment
He was diagnosed with autism at age 13. (paralympics.org.uk, 20 Jun 2019)
Other information
MOVE TO PARA SPORT
He was diagnosed with autism at age 13, but competed in able-bodied swimming as he was growing up. At about age 18 or 19, he was encouraged by his coach at the time to pursue Para swimming. "He found the pathway on how to apply and sent me all the details and then from there they helped sort out what I had to do. Swimming with [able-bodied] swimmers has been a test because some of them can be a lot faster than me, but I don't really see that as a negative thing because it has allowed me to adapt to them and be able to race as fast as them." (paralympics.org.uk, 20 Jun 2019)

OCCUPATION
He works for his father's carpet fitting company in Plymouth, England. (plymouthleander.com, 03 May 2019)