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Yahor Shchalkanau

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Leg length difference
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S9, SB9, SM9

Further personal information

Residence
Minsk, BLR
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
Belarusian, English, Russian
Higher education
Sports Management - Belarusian State University of Physical Education: Minsk, BLR

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began the sport in 2012 in Brest, Belarus.
Why this sport?
He went to a swimming pool for diving with his father and grandfather, and a swimming coach spotted him and suggested he should try the sport.
Club / Team
Republican Centre of Olympic Preparation in Paralympic and Deaflympic Sports: Minsk, BLR
Name of coach
Gennady Vishnyakov, BLR, from 2016

International debut

Year
2014
Competing for
Belarus
Location
Moscow, RUS

General interest

Hobbies
Playing billiards, computer games. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2019 World Championships in London, England. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2020)
Most influential person in career
His grandfather and parents. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Irish mixed martial artist Conor McGregor. (Athlete, 26 Nov 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"When we are united we cannot be defeated." (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
He has received the title of Master of Sport of International Class in Belarus. (athletes.by, 02 Dec 2020; paradefsport.by, 27 Dec 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 18 Feb 2021)
Impairment
His right leg is underdeveloped below the knee, so he wears an artificial limb. (zarya.by, 19 Jul 2016)