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PORTAL Alex
Sport Para swimming
NPC France   
GenderMen
Age18
Place of BirthSaint-Germain-en-Laye, FRA
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S13, SB13, SM13
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Student
Languages
English, French, Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age five.
Why this sport?
He wanted to start playing a sport and found he could not do any ball sports. When he tried swimming, he liked it.
Club / Team
Cercle des Nageurs de l'Ouest [CNO]: Saint-Germain-en-Laye, FRA
Name of coach
Guillaume Benoist [club]; Guillaume Domingo [national], FRA; Koen van Landeghem [national], BEL
Training Regime
He trains three mornings per week, and each night after school.
Senior International Debut
Year
2016
Competing for
France
Location
Berlin, GER
General Interest
Hobbies
Listening to music. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Beating the world record in the S13 800m freestyle at the 2017 World Series event in Berlin, Germany. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
His family, coach Guillaume Benoist and his swimming friends. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps, French swimmer Jeremy Stravius. (mytvchain.com, 04 Dec 2019; Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2018 Parasport Male Hope of the Year in the Ile-de-France region of France. (actu.fr, 11 Jan 2019)
Impairment
He lacks pigmentation in his retina and his eyes move involuntarily. He also is light sensitive. (mytvchain.com, 04 Dec 2019; handisport.org, 10 Sep 2019; Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Other information
FUTURE PLANS
He hopes to attend university to study a course related to the environment and renewable energy sources. (mytvchain.com, 04 Dec 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
3 2019 400m Freestyle S13 4:06.05
7 2019 100m Backstroke S13 1:02.76
2 2019 200m Individual Medley SM13 2:12.14
6 2019 100m Butterfly S13 58.79
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2018 100m Butterfly S13 58.88
3 2018 200m Individual Medley SM13 2:15.49
3 2018 400m Freestyle S13 4:13.04
4 2018 100m Backstroke S13 1:04.46
4 2018 100m Freestyle S13 56.13
6 2018 50m Freestyle S13 26.50