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THEUMA Maja
Sport Para swimming
NPC Malta   
GenderWomen
Age20
Place of BirthPieta, MLT
Height1.19 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S6, SB6, SM6
Further Personal Information
Residence
Marsaskala, MLT
Occupation
Student
Languages
English, Maltese
Higher education
Business Studies - Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology [MCAST]: Paola, MLT
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para swimming in 2015.
Why this sport?
"My passion for swimming started at a very young age when I used to go snorkeling with my father. At 15, my previous coach asked me to join the Para swimming team and it was then that I started to love practising swimming as a sport."
Club / Team
Exiles Sports Club: Malta
Name of coach
Edward Caruana [personal], MLT; Tim Hartley [personal]
Training Regime
She trains up to two hours a day, seven days a week.
Senior International Debut
Year
2019
Competing for
Malta
General Interest
Hobbies
Swimming, drawing, photography. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Impairment
She was born with achondroplasia and is a person of short stature. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Other information
BREAK AND RETURN
In 2017 she took a two-year break from Para swimming to focus on her studies, before returning to the sport in February 2019. "There were times when I considered taking a gap year to focus on my training, but thanks to the support of my family, coaches, and friends, I decided to do both." (Facebook page, 09 Feb 2020; Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2019 100m Backstroke S6 3:10.06
Heats 2019 50m Freestyle S6 1:08.55