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TADIC Ilija
Sport Para athletics, Para swimming
NPC Montenegro   
GenderMen
Age21
Place of BirthCetinje, YUG
Height1.96 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S9, SB9, SM9
Further Personal Information
Residence
Budva, MNE
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, Serbian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He got involved in swimming at age nine.
Why this sport?
He followed his friends into the sport.
Club / Team
University of Notre Dame [USA] / OSI Talas [MNE]:
Name of coach
Danijela Franeta
Senior International Debut
Year
2016
Competing for
Montenegro
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Funchal, POR
General Interest
Hobbies
Scuba diving. (Athlete, 14 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and serving as Montenegro's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the Games. (Athlete, 14 Aug 2018; sportklub.rs, 09 Sep 2017)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (Athlete, 14 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
He was flag bearer for Montenegro at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (rtcg.me, 25 Jan 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (krugmladih.com, 04 Dec 2019)
Impairment
He is missing his left arm below the elbow. (Athlete, 14 Aug 2018)
Other information
MOVE ABROAD
In April 2020 he enrolled on a swimming scholarship at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, United States of America. "I received a full scholarship that covers the costs of tuition and a stay in a boarding school. I am extremely happy. Currently there is only one US swimmer at the university but that situation is slowly changing. Last year the National Collegiate Athletic Association [NCAA] formed a working group to gradually integrate Paralympians into the competition programme in athletics and swimming. In that way it will be possible for Paralympians to get the opportunity to train and study at the highest level." (vijesti.me, 18 Apr 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall) - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2016 100m Freestyle S9 59.91
15 2016 50m Freestyle S9 27.60 
World Championships (Overall) - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
8 2017 100m Freestyle S9 1:00.88
6 2017 50m Freestyle S9 27.29
Heats 2019 50m Freestyle S9 27.24
European Championships - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
7 2016 50m Freestyle S9 26.94
15 2016 100m Freestyle S9 1:02.56
13 2018 100m Freestyle S9 1:00.48
12 2018 50m Freestyle S9 27.47