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Tim Znidarsic Svensek

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S6, SB6, SM6

Further personal information

Residence
Ljubljana, SLO
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, Slovene

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age five and started training in 2017 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Why this sport?
Due to problems with his spine, he was being examined at the Soca Rehabilitation Centre when the competitors of the 2016 Paralympic Games came to visit. He was impressed by swimmers Darko Duric and Nino Batagelj, and decided to start training when Damijan Lazar, president of the organisation of Para sports, approached him, encouraged him to swim and connected him with coach Jana Cander. "I achieved a good result in the first race and then my coach and I realised that I could take swimming more seriously. Ever since I started swimming, it has had a very good effect on my health, and I have found that my life goal is to play this sport for the rest of my life."
Club / Team
Sportno Drustvo Riba: Ljubljana, SLO
Name of coach
Jana Cander [personal, national], SLO
Training Regime
He trains in the water four to six times a week.

General interest

Nicknames
Yuki Kuki (Facebook profile, 17 Feb 2019)
Hobbies
Sports, video games, collecting minerals and crystals. (Athlete, 16 Mar 2019; siol.net, 08 Feb 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning the national championships in S6 category on six occasions, and finishing 13th in SB6 100m breaststroke at the 2017 European Para Youth Games in Genoa, Italy. (Athlete, 16 Mar 2019)
Most influential person in career
His parents, and his coach Jana Cander. (Athlete, 16 Mar 2019)
Hero / Idol
Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. (Athlete, 16 Mar 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sport is a natural antidepressant, it teaches discipline and responsibility, so I want to inspire as many young people as possible with my example." (novice.svet24.si, 20 Jan 2021)
Ambitions
To compete at the Paralympic Games. (Athlete, 16 Mar 2019)
Impairment
He was born with a congenital anomaly of both hands. (jesenice.si, 2014)