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ERNHOFER Andreas
Sport Para swimming
NPC Austria   
GenderMen
Age25
Place of BirthMödling, AUT
Height1.84 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S4, SB3, SM4
Further Personal Information
Residence
Deutsch-Wagram, AUT
Occupation
Armed Forces Athlete
Languages
English, German
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2016 in Vienna, Austria.
Why this sport?
He played wheelchair rugby after his accident, and then took up Para swimming following an introduction to the sport from Para swimmer Sabine Weber-Treiber. "I was allowed to watch her train a few times during my first rehab and immediately got on well with the coach. He then wanted to recruit me for swimming, but we agreed that I would finish my school leaving examination first. My life was very stressful at that point, as I really wanted to make up for the lost semester at school. In the summer of 2016, after graduating from high school, I got in touch with him again and was allowed to start training the next season."
Club / Team
BSV Weisser Hof: Austria
Name of coach
Gerhard Pukl [personal], AUT; Stefan Ernhofer [personal, cousin], AUT
Senior International Debut
Year
2017
Competing for
Austria
General Interest
Nicknames
Andi (meinbezirk.at, 15 Mar 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the SB3 50m breaststroke at the European championships in both 2018 and 2021. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
Coach [and his cousin] Stefan Ernhofer. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
His brother Michael Ernhofer. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I love being the best." (Athlete, 20 Aug 2021)
Awards and honours
In 2019 and 2021 he was named Para Athlete of the Year in Lower Austria. (Facebook page, 23 Oct 2021; meinbezirk.at, 22 Oct 2021; oepc.at, 25 Feb 2020)
Other sports
He won three national championships in wheelchair rugby. (ernhofer.at, 15 Apr 2020; Athlete, 20 Aug 2021)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (Facebook page, 30 Aug 2021)
Impairment
In 2014 he fractured three cervical vertebrae in his neck after diving into water. His injuries resulted in quadriplegia. "I couldn't move or feel anything. The first words I heard from the doctor after the emergency surgery were, 'You will never be able to move or feel your arms and legs again.' Thankfully I didn't take it seriously and I managed to fight back to life with the support of friends and family." (Facebook page, 16 Aug 2020; oepc.at, 25 Feb 2020; Athlete, 10 Sep 2019)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He works for the Federal Ministry of Defence of Austria and is also a volunteer firefighter with the Feuerwehr Deutsch-Wagram? in Austria. (obsv.at, 12 Apr 2022; Facebook page, 09 Nov 2021, 04 Apr 2021; Athlete, 20 Aug 2021)

EDUCATION
He studied medical informatics at Vienna University of Technology in Austria. (obsv.at, 12 Apr 2022; Athlete, 20 Aug 2021)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
8 2021 50m Breaststroke SB3 55.00
11 2021 100m Freestyle S4 1:38.49
10 2021 150m Individual Medley SM4 2:51.58
14 2021 200m Freestyle S4 3:39.44
15 2021 50m Freestyle S4 45.10
12 2021 50m Backstroke S4 50.18
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
6 2019 150m Individual Medley SM4 2:58.45
Heats 2019 50m Freestyle S4 43.08
7 2019 50m Breaststroke SB3 56.25
4 2022 50m Breaststroke SB3 52.96
2 2022 150m Individual Medley SM4 2:45.65
6 2022 50m Backstroke S4 50.94
7 2022 50m Freestyle S4 44.02
Heats 2022 200m Freestyle S4 3:29.34
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
6 2018 50m Freestyle S4 42.92
3 2018 50m Breaststroke SB3 59.44
4 2018 150m Individual Medley SM4 3:10.00
7 2018 50m Backstroke S4 58.31
3 2021 50m Breaststroke SB3 53.81
4 2021 150m Individual Medley SM4 2:49.33
7 2021 50m Backstroke S4 52.61
7 2021 50m Freestyle S4 45.34
7 2021 200m Freestyle S4 3:37.19