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Sven Decaesstecker

Swimming
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S10, SM10

Further personal information

Residence
Roeselare, BEL
Occupation
Sports Administrator
Languages
Dutch, English
Higher education
Political Science - Ghent University: Belgium

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 1989 at age three at the Kortemarkse Flippers Zwemclub in Belgium.
Why this sport?
On his first family holiday he could not resist jumping into the deep end of the swimming pool and almost drowned. After the holiday his parents sent him to swimming school.
Club / Team
Royal Ostend Swimming Club [ROSC]: Belgium
Name of coach
Lieve Peeters [national]; Gregory Planckaert [national]

International debut

Year
1999
Competing for
Belgium
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Germany

General interest

Most influential person in career
His parents, coaches and friends. (Athlete, 29 Dec 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Try your best and look on the bright side." (Athlete, 29 Dec 2010)
Awards and honours
He was Belgium's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (myinfo.rio2016.com, 06 Sep 2016)

He received the 2011 National Trophy Victor Boin Award from the Belgian Paralympic Committee. (paralympic.org, 13 Feb 2012)

He was named the Belgian Paralympic Athlete of the Year in 2010. (paralympic.org, 20 Dec 2010)
Other sports
He has competed in national para-triathlons. (bestofeuropehandbiketeam.eu, 31 Mar 2014)
Impairment
He had his leg amputated at age 11 after he was diagnosed with cancer in his ankle and foot. (gripvzw.be, 19 Mar 2010)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He works as a sports secretary for Royal Ostend Swimming Club [ROSC] in Belgium. (ostendswimming.be, 2016)

COUNCIL
He participated in the 2006 elections for his city council in Belgium and was elected representing the Liberal Democrats [OpenVLD]. (Athlete, 14 Jun 2011)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 5,000 m Open Water S10 Final Round 6
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heat 1 4
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Final Round 8
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Heat 2 5
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Heat 1 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Final Round 3
IPC Swimming World Championships Durban 2006 (Durban, South Africa)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Final Round 8
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Heats 8
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Final Round 7
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heats 7
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Heats 7
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Final Round 6
Men's 5,000 m Open Water Final Round 15
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts Heats 9999
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Heats 12
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Heat 2 4
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Final Round 8
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heat 2 5
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Heat 1 3
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Final Round 4
IPC Swimming World Championships Mar del Plata 2002 (Mar del Plata, Argentina)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Heats 14
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heats 7
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Final Round 7
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Heats 5
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Final Round 6
Men's 5,000 m Open Water Final Round 9999
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heat 3 3
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Final Round 6
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Heat 1 3
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Final Round 5
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Heat 1 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Final Round 6
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Heat 2 2012-08-30 3
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Final Round 2012-08-30 5
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heat 3 2012-09-04 4
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Final 1 2013-08-15 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Heat 2 2013-08-15 3
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Final 1 2013-08-17 7
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heat 1 2013-08-17 7
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Heat 1 2015-07-14 7
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Final 1 2015-07-14 8
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heat 2 2015-07-16 9
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Final Round 2016-09-11 7
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Heat 1 2016-09-11 4
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Heat 1 2016-09-15 7