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VERAKSA Maksym
Sport Para swimming
NPC Ukraine   
GenderMen
Age35
Place of BirthKharkov, URS
Height1.92 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
S12, SB12, SM12
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Yekaterina, daughter Zlata, son Lev
Residence
Kharkiv, UKR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Russian, Ukrainian
Higher education
Coaching - Kharkiv State Academy of Physical Education: Ukraine
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 1992 in Kharkiv, Ukraine. He took up Para swimming in 2006.
Why this sport?
His father, who was a swimming coach, took him to the pool. "My father simply threw me in the water."
Club / Team
Invasport: Kharkiv, UKR
Name of coach
Vasyl Keke [personal], UKR, from 1992; Oleksandr Veraksa [father], UKR
Senior International Debut
Year
2006
Competing for
Ukraine
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Durban, RSA
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
His performances at the Paralympic Games in 2008, 2012 and 2016. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
His parents, and his coach. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Ukrainian swimmer Yana Klochkova. (Athlete, 19 Jul 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Per aspera ad astra." ["Through difficulties to the stars."] (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2017 he was named an Honoured Citizen of the city of Kharkiv in Ukraine. (izvestia.kharkov.ua, 24 Aug 2017)

He received the Orders for Merits from the president of Ukraine in recognition of his performances at the Paralympic Games in 2008, 2012 and 2016. (president.gov.ua, 07 Oct 2008, 17 Sep 2012, 04 Oct 2016)

He was flag bearer for Ukraine at the opening ceremony of the 2016 European Championships in Funchal, Portugal. (paralympic.org, 26 Apr 2016)

He holds the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Ukraine. (dsmsu.gov.ua, 28 Dec 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 21 Aug 2019)
Impairment
He started having vision problems at age 15, and at age 20 he was diagnosed with atrophy of the optic nerve. (sport07.ru, 15 Aug 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2008 50m Freestyle S12 23.43
1 2008 100m Freestyle S12 51.93
3 2008 100m Backstroke S12 1:02.08
1 2008 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:07.46
1 2008 200m Individual Medley SM12 2:12.71
1 2012 200m Individual Medley SM12 2:12.42
1 2012 100m Freestyle S12 52.63
4 2012 100m Backstroke S12 1:01.82
1 2012 50m Freestyle S12 23.60
3 2012 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:07.79
3 2016 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:09.00 
1 2016 50m Freestyle S12 23.67 
3 2016 100m Freestyle S13 52.77 
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2006 50m Freestyle S12 23.99
1 2006 100m Freestyle S12 52.89
1 2006 100m Backstroke S12 1:02.66
1 2006 4 x 100m Medley Relay 49 Points 4:07.14
1 2010 200m Individual Medley SM12 2:11.11
  2010 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 49 Points  DNS
1 2010 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:08.04
1 2010 50m Freestyle S12 23.47
2 2010 4 x 100m Medley Relay 49 Points 4:05.51
8 2010 100m Freestyle S12 56.10
2 2010 100m Backstroke S12 1:01.10
1 2013 100m Freestyle S12 51.80
1 2013 50m Freestyle S12 23.36
2 2013 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:08.24
7 2015 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:11.80
1 2015 50m Freestyle S12 23.92
Heats 2015 100m Freestyle S13  DSQ
Heats 2019 50m Freestyle S12  DSQ
8 2019 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:12.23 Q
2 2019 100m Freestyle S12 52.66
1 2019 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 49 Points  
European Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
4 2014 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:08.65
1 2014 50m Freestyle S12 23.53
1 2014 100m Freestyle S12 52.12
1 2016 50m Freestyle S12 23.80
6 2016 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:10.97
3 2016 100m Freestyle S13 53.02
2 2018 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:10.73
3 2018 50m Freestyle S12 24.06
2 2018 100m Freestyle S12 53.12