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Taliso Engel



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
S13, SB13, SM13

Further personal information

Nuremberg, GER
Athlete, Student
English, German

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up swimming at age six in Nuremberg, Germany, and started competing at age 10.
Why this sport?
"I used to play football alongside swimming at the school for the visually impaired in Nuremberg. In 2012, a supervisor came up to me, and asked me if I would like to go to the German short course championships. So that's where I took part in my first Para sport competition."
Club / Team
SG Bayer [GER] / 1. FCN Schwimmen [GER]:
Name of coach
Jochen Stetina [personal]
Training Regime
He has nine training sessions a week.

General interest

Playing guitar, skateboarding, reading, listening to music. (, 28 Feb 2021)
Most influential person in career
Coach Christian Brandner. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
German swimmer Christian vom Lehn. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I love swimming because I can always push myself further in the sport. Also, I always have a feeling of freedom and weightlessness when I'm in the water." (, 01 Sep 2020)
Awards and honours
He was named Young Para Athlete of the Year for 2019 by the German Disabled Sports Association [DBS]. (, 25 Nov 2019)

He was named 2019 Male Athlete of the Year in Nuremberg, Germany. (, 28 Jan 2021;, 07 Feb 2020)
Other sports
He has competed in able-bodied swimming at youth national level in Germany. (, 05 Jun 2019)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 30 Dec 2020)
He has 6-8% vision in both eyes. (YouTube, 15 Feb 2018)
Other information
He has grown up competing and training alongside able-bodied athletes. He took part in the 2019 National Youth Championships in Germany and finished sixth in the 100m breaststroke, where he was the only Para athlete. Although he has low vision, he is able to see the lane ropes and follow the line on the bottom of the pool. "When it comes time to turn, it's a bit difficult to estimate the distance because I see the wall much later." (, 05 Jun 2019)

His mother acted as his coach when he first began competing in Para swimming. "At first I always went to Para competitions with my mother as a 'coach'. But after the first few competitions, my mother was asked by the then coach from North Rhine-Westphalia [NRW] whether he should look after me. After that I was suddenly always out and about with the team from NRW in Para competitions. I liked that very much because I got on really well with all the athletes and coaches from NRW." (, 01 Sep 2020)