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MECIC Emma
Sport Para swimming
NPC Croatia   
GenderWomen
Age15
Place of BirthLocarno, SUI
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S9, SB8, SM9
Further Personal Information
Residence
Switzerland
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age seven.
Why this sport?
She took up the sport as a form of therapy because exercising in the water helped strengthen her muscles. "I have chosen swimming not only because of my diagnosis, but also because I feel free to swim by jumping in the water and releasing my mind."
Name of coach
Igor Berislavic [national], CRO
Training Regime
She trains in Switzerland.
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Continue with persistent work and do not give up." (in-portal.hr, 09 Apr 2019)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2018 Best Junior Para Swimmer by the Croatian Paralympic Committee [HPO]. (in-portal.hr, 09 Apr 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the Paralympic Games. (in-portal.hr, 09 Apr 2019)
Impairment
She was born with hypoplasia [underdevelopment] of the thigh bones. (in-portal.hr, 09 Apr 2019)
Other information
CHOOSING CROATIA
She was born in Switzerland but is eligible to compete for Croatia internationally. "Coach Massimiliano Tosin directed me towards the Croatian Paralympic Committee. Why Croatia? I think you can become a top athlete in Croatia because they have excellent coaches who accompany you and train you well, and there are a lot of athletes who do not give up and struggle every day to achieve their goals." (in-portal.hr, 09 Apr 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2022 200m Individual Medley SM9 2:50.12
Heats 2022 100m Freestyle S9 1:08.08
7 2022 400m Freestyle S9 5:02.52
8 2022 100m Backstroke S9 1:18.23
13 2022 50m Freestyle S9 32.28