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ANGULA Mateus
Sport Para athletics, Para swimming
NPC Namibia   
GenderMen
Age26
Height1.33 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S6, SB5, SM6
Further Personal Information
Residence
Windhoek, NAM
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Electrical Engineering - Windhoek Vocational Training Centre: Namibia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para swimming in 2015 in Windhoek, Namibia.
Why this sport?
"Because I like water."
Club / Team
Olympia Swimming Pool: Windhoek, NAM
Name of coach
Sonia Lindemeier [personal], NAM, from 2016
Senior International Debut
Year
2017
Competing for
Namibia
General Interest
Nicknames
Spiderman, Amuthikanene, Morris (Facebook page, 09 Sep 2019; namibian.com.na, 20 Apr 2016)
Hobbies
Basketball, listening to music. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2019 National Championships [SASAPD] in Stellenbosch, South Africa. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019; lelamobile.com, 19 Mar 2019)
Most influential person in career
Namibian swimmer Daniela Lindemeier. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
US boxer Muhammad Ali. (Athlete, 01 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Rain never falls on one head, no worries." (Facebook profile, 05 Nov 2018)
Awards and honours
He received the Trophy of Recognition at the 2018 Disability Sports Namibia [DSN] awards. (lelamobile.com, 24 Sep 2018)
Other sports
He won a gold medal in Para athletics [javelin throw] at the 2014 South African Championships in Stellenbosch, South Africa. He has also competed in Para rowing. (Namibian Canoe & Rowing Federation Facebook page, 16 Oct 2019; namibian.com.na, 20 Apr 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the Paralympic Games. (Athlete, 01 Dec 2017)
Impairment
He was born without both legs. (paralympic.org, 13 Dec 2019; Athlete, 01 Dec 2017)
Other information
NICKNAME
He was given the nickname Spiderman for the way he gets around without legs. "At an early age I learned how to move from one place to another just using my arms. When I started with sports at school we always travelled with the big government buses for competitions and I would jump with my arms and hands from one end of the rail inside the bus to the other, even as the bus was moving at a high speed. My teammates started calling me Spiderman and I loved the name." (paralympic.org, 13 Dec 2019; namibian.com.na, 20 Apr 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships (Overall) - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2017 100m Freestyle S6 1:57.80
Heats 2017 50m Freestyle S6 49.41
Heats 2019 100m Freestyle S6 2:01.28
Heats 2019 50m Freestyle S6 51.59