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ANGULA Mateus
Sport Para athletics, Para swimming
NPC Namibia   
GenderMen
Age28
Height1.33 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Further Personal Information
Residence
Windhoek, NAM
Occupation
Athlete, Electrician
Languages
English
Higher education
Electrical Engineering - Windhoek Vocational Training Centre: Namibia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para swimming in 2016.
Why this sport?
He was competing in Para athletics [javelin throw] when he was scouted by Namibian Paralympic Committee official Memory Kahlari who suggested he switch to Para swimming in order to utilise his upper body strength. "I never dreamed of travelling outside of Namibia before swimming."
Name of coach
Sonia Lindemeier [personal, swimming], NAM, from 2016
Senior International Debut
Year
2017 [Para swimming]
Competing for
Namibia
General Interest
Nicknames
Spiderman, Amuthikanene, Morris (Facebook page, 09 Sep 2019; namibian.com.na, 20 Apr 2016)
Hobbies
Basketball, listening to music. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2019 National Championships [SASAPD] in Stellenbosch, South Africa. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019; lelamobile.com, 19 Mar 2019)
Most influential person in career
Namibian swimmer Daniela Lindemeier. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
US boxer Muhammad Ali. (Athlete, 01 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Rain never falls on one head, no worries." (Facebook profile, 05 Nov 2018)
Awards and honours
He received the Trophy of Recognition at the 2018 Disability Sports Namibia [DSN] awards. (lelamobile.com, 24 Sep 2018)
Other sports
During the 2022 season, he was classified in Para swimming in the S6, SB5 and SM6 categories, and in Para athletics in the F56 category. He won a gold medal in Para athletics [javelin throw] at the 2014 South African Championships in Stellenbosch, South Africa, and has competed in Para swimming at the world championships in 2017 and 2019. He has also represented Namibia in Para rowing. (Namibian Canoe & Rowing Federation Facebook page, 16 Oct 2019; namibian.com.na, 20 Apr 2016; SportsDeskOnline, 11 May 2022; IPC, 10 May 2022)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 World Championships in Madeira, Portugal. (namibianewsdigest.com, 07 Apr 2022)
Impairment
He was born without both legs. (paralympic.org, 13 Dec 2019; Athlete, 01 Dec 2017)
Other information
NICKNAME
He received the nickname 'Spiderman' in recognition of the way he moves around without legs. "At an early age I learned how to move from one place to another just using my arms. When I started with sports at school we always travelled with the big government buses for competitions and I would jump with my arms and hands from one end of the rail inside the bus to the other, even as the bus was moving at a high speed. My teammates started calling me 'Spiderman' and I loved the name." (paralympic.org, 13 Dec 2019; namibian.com.na, 20 Apr 2016)

OCCUPATION
He works as an electrician and also runs a confectionery shop in Namibia. (eaglefm.co.na, 08 Sep 2022)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships (Overall) - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2017 100m Freestyle S6 1:57.80
Heats 2017 50m Freestyle S6 49.41
Heats 2019 100m Freestyle S6 2:01.28
Heats 2019 50m Freestyle S6 51.59
Heats 2022 50m Freestyle S6 44.16