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COUFAL Filip
Sport Para swimming
NPC Czech Republic   
GenderMen
Age33
Place of BirthRoznov, TCH
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Classification
S10, SB9, SM10
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Lawyer
Languages
Czech, English
Higher education
Law - Masarykova Univerzita: Brno, CZE
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 1997 at age eight in Roznov pod Radhostem, Czech Republic.
Why this sport?
He began swimming as part of his rehabilitation.
Club / Team
Czech Sports Association for the Physically Handicapped [CSAPH]: Czech Republic
Name of coach
Jan Nevrkla [national]
Coach from which country?
Czech Republic
Senior International Debut
Year
2003
Competing for
Czech Republic
General Interest
Hobbies
Reading, fencing, watching movies. (Athlete, 23 Apr 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement
Participating in the finals of the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, 2006 World Championships in Durban, South Africa and the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 23 Apr 2012)
Most influential person in career
Michal Neuwirth, coach of TJ Roznov between 1997 and 2008. (Athlete, 23 Apr 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"What people call fate are mostly silly deeds of their own," [A. Schopenhauer]. (Athlete, 23 Apr 2012)
Impairment
He was born with his left leg 10cm shorter than his right, with his calf bone and outer ankle missing, atrophied muscles and scoliosis. (Athlete, 23 Apr 2012)
Other information
INTERNSHIP
He has worked as an intern at the British Embassy in Prague, Czech Republic. His duties there involved organising events for the public centred around the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (ukinmontserrat.fco.gov.uk, 24 Oct 2011)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
12 2004 50m Freestyle S10 26.94
9 2004 100m Freestyle S10 58.13
11 2004 400m Freestyle S10 4:42.97
12 2004 100m Backstroke S10 1:11.28
14 2004 100m Butterfly S10 1:16.10
8 2004 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:31.46
8 2004 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:22.35
14 2008 100m Freestyle S10 56.91
11 2008 400m Freestyle S10 4:33.13
13 2008 100m Backstroke S10 1:06.84
8 2008 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:23.18
Heats 2012 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:23.21
Heats 2012 50m Freestyle S10 26.18
Heats 2012 100m Backstroke S10 1:06.05
Heats 2012 100m Freestyle S10 57.17
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
21 2006 50m Freestyle S10 27.48
14 2006 100m Freestyle S10 58.33
10 2006 400m Freestyle S10 4:34.63
8 2006 100m Backstroke S10 1:08.48
14 2006 100m Butterfly S10 1:06.24
8 2006 200m Individual Medley SM10  DSQ
19 2006 5km Open Water 1:11:55