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WONG James
Sport Para swimming
NPC Malaysia   
Place of BirthCardiff, WAL
Height1.75 m
Weight 65 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
S8, SB8, SM8
Further Personal Information
Adelaide, SA, AUS
English, Malay
Higher education
Commerce, Economics, International Studies - University of Adelaide: Australia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para swimming at age nine in school.
Why this sport?
He nearly drowned in an incident as a child, so he began swimming for water safety. "I enrolled in a course that guarantees you can swim in a month's time. At the end of that month, I managed to do one lap and I was like 'Wow, this is just amazing'. As a child, I felt the sense of freedom every time I went in the water. I would swim at the pool in my school whenever I could find the time. One day someone came up to me and asked if I would be interested in becoming a competitive swimmer and represent the country. That someone was former national coach Lewin Lim, who is involved with the national Para swimming team. I accepted his invitation as I liked his personality and things started from there."
Club / Team
Norwood Swimming Club: Australia
Name of coach
Shaun Curtis, AUS
Senior International Debut
Competing for
South East Asian Games
Vientiane, LAO
General Interest
Listening to music, going to the beach. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Qualifying for the 2019 World Championships after winning a bronze medal in the SM8 200m individual medley at the 2018 Asian Para Games in Indonesia. (, 24 Nov 2018)
Most influential person in career
His coach Shaun Curtis. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
Australian Para swimmer Matt Cowdrey. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I just want to be better than what I was before. I love winning but if I win a race without doing a personal best, I don't really feel that satisfied anyway." (, 24 Nov 2018)
Awards and honours
He received a Governor's International Student Award for Sporting Achievement in 2012 and again in 2014, while studying at the University of Adelaide, Australia. (, 03 Nov 2014)
To win a Paralympic gold medal. (, 07 Nov 2012)
He was born with part of his left arm missing. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019;, 03 Nov 2014)
Other information
He moved from Malaysia to Adelaide, SA, Australia for education purposes and to gain access to better training facilities. "Swimming is very popular in Australia and the training facilities and coaching are fantastic. I chose Adelaide because of the advantage it holds for international students, including quality universities and living standards. It's a friendly city. My experience of studying and training abroad has made me resilient, independent and confident of winning gold for Malaysia." (Facebook profile, 22 Sep 2018;, 07 Nov 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2019 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:23.38
Asian Para Games
Rank Year Event Result
9 2014 100m Freestyle S8 1:16.73
6 2014 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:27.17
4 2014 50m Freestyle S8 30.71
15 2018 50m Freestyle S8 36.55
3 2018 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:50.24
5 2018 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:22.52
6 2018 100m Backstroke S8 1:25.91
8 2018 100m Butterfly S8 1:18.31