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GAWILAN Ernie
Sport Para swimming
NPC Philippines   
GenderMen
Age29
Place of BirthDavao, PHI
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S7, SB7, SM7
Further Personal Information
Residence
Pasig, PHI
Languages
Filipino
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 2000 in Samal, Philippines.
Why this sport?
He was working as a housekeeper in Samal, Philippines, when he had his first encounter with the water. Swimming coach Jude Corpuz took notice of his habit of visiting the ocean during his free time, saw potential, and decided to train him.
Name of coach
Tony Ong [national], PHI
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning three gold medals and two silver medals at the 2018 Asian Para Games in Indonesia. (manilastandard.net, 15 Oct 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Let's continue dreaming and work hard to fulfill our dreams." (sunstar.com.ph, 20 Oct 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2019 he was named Male Athlete of the Year by the Davao City Sports Council Incorporated and the So Kim Cheng Sports Foundation Incorporated. (mindanaotimes.com.ph, 25 Jun 2019)
Milestones
He became the first Filipino athlete from any sport to win a gold medal at the Asian Para Games when he triumphed in the SM7 200m individual medley at the 2018 Games in Indonesia. (SportsDeskOnline, 13 Mar 2019; rappler.com, 08 Oct 2018)
Impairment
He was born without the lower part of both his legs and an underdeveloped left arm. (alchetron.com, 21 Mar 2018; mindanaotimes.net, 24 Jan 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2016 400m Freestyle S8 4:54.24
Heats 2016 100m Freestyle S8 1:06.64
9 2016 100m Backstroke S8 1:19.75 
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2015 100m Freestyle S8 1:06.12
Heats 2015 400m Freestyle S8 4:53.66
Heats 2015 100m Backstroke S8 1:19.97
Heats 2019 50m Butterfly S7 35.05
Heats 2019 400m Freestyle S7 4:59.77
Heats 2019 100m Backstroke S7 1:19.92
Heats 2019 100m Freestyle S7 1:07.41
Heats 2019 50m Freestyle S7 32.49
Asian Para Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2014 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:50.98
3 2014 400m Freestyle S8 4:59.15
5 2014 100m Butterfly S8 1:22.39
3 2014 100m Freestyle S8 1:06.19
6 2014 100m Backstroke S8 1:19.72
8 2014 50m Freestyle S8 32.00
2 2018 50m Freestyle S7 31.93
1 2018 200m Individual Medley SM7 2:52.43
2 2018 100m Freestyle S7 1:06.74
1 2018 100m Backstroke S7 1:19.90
1 2018 400m Freestyle S7 4:51.00