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NASILOWSKI Gideon
Sport Para swimming
NPC Namibia   
GenderMen
Age35
Place of BirthWindhoek, NAM
Height1.65 m
Weight 60 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S4, SB4
Further Personal Information
Residence
Windhoek, NAM
Occupation
Athlete, Manager
Languages
Afrikaans, English
Higher education
Banking
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He learned to swim at school and began competing in 2011 at age 26 at the Central Gauteng Aquatics Championships in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Why this sport?
He was scared of water as a child but overcame his fear after learning how to swim at school. He decided to take up the sport seriously after being challenged by friends who thought he would not be able to reach a Paralympic Games.
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Namibia
General Interest
Nicknames
The Amphibian Namibian (Facebook page, 14 Apr 2015; allafrica.com, 19 Mar 2015)
Hobbies
Cooking, driving. (thevillager.com.na, 28 Jul 2014)
Memorable sporting achievement
Breaking the African record and representing Namibia at international competitions. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2015)
Most influential person in career
Namibian sport consultant Quinton-Steele Botes. (informante.web.na, 31 Jul 2014)
Hero / Idol
His mother. (amphibiannamibian.com, 12 Aug 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up because you are stronger than you think. If you work hard and put your mind to what you want to achieve then nothing can stop you." (Athlete, 13 Jul 2015; namibian.com.na, 19 Mar 2015)
Ambitions
To set up his own swimming academy. (amphibiannamibian.com, 2016)
Impairment
He was born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita [AMC]. The condition causes joint contractures. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2015)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He works as a procurement manager for a fruit and vegetable supplier in Windhoek, Namibia. (Facebook profile, 19 Feb 2016)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as a chairman for the Namibian Federation for the Disabled. (Facebook page, 28 Dec 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
11 2016 50m Freestyle S3 1:38.21 
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
  2013 100m Breaststroke SB4  DSQ
Heats 2013 100m Freestyle S4 3:14.89
8 2013 100m Freestyle S3  DNS
Heats 2013 50m Breaststroke SB3 1:43.02
Heats 2015 200m Freestyle S3 7:10.90
Heats 2015 50m Freestyle S3 1:43.45
Heats 2015 50m Breaststroke SB3 2:10.06