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CURIN Théo
Sport Para swimming
NPC France   
GenderMen
Age20
Place of BirthLunéville, FRA
Height1.80 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S5, SB4, SM5
Further Personal Information
Residence
Vichy, FRA
Occupation
Actor, Media Professional - Television, Motivational Speaker, Student
Languages
French
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para swimming in 2011 in Luneville, France.
Why this sport?
His mother Stephanie wrote a letter to French Para swimmer Philippe Croizon, who had also undergone a quadruple amputation. Croizon visited the family in Rehainviller, France, and encouraged Curin to try swimming. Although he was initially afraid of the water and struggled with technique, he wanted to show Croizon he could do it and persevered until he became better. "I began step by step doing my first 50m and then 100m. Swimming helped me with a lot of things, especially the way people looked at me. I didn't like how people looked at me, but with a swimming suit you reveal yourself. That helped me a lot."
Club / Team
Handisport Luneville: France
Name of coach
Fabien Maltrait [personal], FRA
Training Regime
He trains for four hours a day at the French national training hub in Vichy.
Senior International Debut
Year
2015
Competing for
France
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Glasgow, SCO
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the S5 100m and S5 200m freestyle at the 2017 World Championships in Mexico City, Mexico. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Fabien Maltrait. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
French Para swimmer Philippe Croizon. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Injuries
In May 2017 he fractured his right arm after slipping over on a floor at a shopping centre. As a result he missed the French national championships that year. (estrepublicain.fr, 05 Aug 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Make your difference a strength." (Instagram profile, 12 Apr 2019)
Awards and honours
A gym hall has been named after him at a school in Nancy, France. (lci.fr, 22 Jan 2020)
Milestones
At age 16 he was the youngest French athlete from any sport to compete at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 01 Jan 2019; le10sport.com, 29 May 2018)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. He would also like to pursue a career in modelling and acting after he has retired from competitive sport. (republicain-lorrain.fr, 06 Sep 2017)
Impairment
He was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis at age six, which required him to undergo amputations on all four limbs. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019; midilibre.fr, 27 Nov 2013; republicain-lorrain.fr, 24 Jan 2013)
Other information
CROIZON'S INFLUENCE
He has developed a close friendship with French Para swimmer Philippe Croizon, who was the first quadruple amputee to swim across the English Channel. "When I got out of the hospital I had heard there was someone with almost the same impairment as me, who had already done such marvellous things, and I told my mother [who came across Croizon's book] that I wanted to meet him. And a short time later he came to our home. At the time I was afraid of the water, and when I saw him training to cross the English Channel I told myself, 'Wow, that's amazing! I also want to make my parents proud of me!'" (lepoint.fr, 21 Sep 2019; france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr, 28 Mar 2016; estrepublicain.fr, 28 Nov 2013)

OCCUPATION
He has worked in a number of roles in the media, appearing on a television show in France called 'Magazine de la Sante' [Health Magazine] and also featuring as an actor in a fictional series called 'Vestiaires' [Locker rooms]. In 2019 he was a model in an advertising campaign for a French skin care company. (theocurin.fr, 05 Feb 2020; lepoint.fr, 21 Sep 2019; france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr, 03 Dec 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
4 2016 200m Freestyle S5 2:44.79
12 2016 50m Butterfly S5 44.13 
9 2016 50m Freestyle S5 36.77 
6 2016 100m Freestyle S5 1:18.68 
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2015 50m Backstroke S5 45.61
4 2015 200m Freestyle S5 2:48.51
7 2015 50m Freestyle S5 36.50
6 2015 100m Freestyle S5 1:19.96
2 2017 100m Freestyle S5 1:18.28
4 2017 50m Backstroke S5 42.85
4 2017 50m Freestyle S5 35.36
2 2017 200m Freestyle S5 2:52.50
5 2019 50m Freestyle S5 34.97
3 2019 200m Freestyle S5 2:42.36
Heats 2019 50m Butterfly S5 40.05
6 2019 100m Freestyle S5 1:17.94
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016 200m Freestyle S5 2:43.61
10 2016 50m Backstroke S5 45.61
4 2016 100m Freestyle S5 1:17.31
5 2016 50m Freestyle S5 36.52
4 2018 200m Freestyle S5 2:45.73
5 2018 50m Freestyle S5 35.06
5 2018 100m Freestyle S5 1:15.40
8 2018 50m Butterfly S5 40.17