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DECAESSTECKER Sven
Sport Para swimming
NPC Belgium   
GenderMen
Age33
Place of BirthTorhout, BEL
Height1.84 m
Weight 70 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S10, SM10
Further Personal Information
Residence
Roeselare, BEL
Occupation
Sports Administrator
Languages
Dutch, English
Higher education
Political Science - Ghent University: Belgium
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 1989 at age three at the Kortemarkse Flippers Zwemclub in Belgium.
Why this sport?
On his first family holiday he could not resist jumping into the deep end of the swimming pool and almost drowned. After the holiday his parents sent him to swimming school.
Club / Team
Royal Ostend Swimming Club [ROSC]: Belgium
Name of coach
Lieve Peeters [national]; Gregory Planckaert [national]
Senior International Debut
Year
1999
Competing for
Belgium
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Germany
General Interest
Most influential person in career
His parents, coaches and friends. (Athlete, 29 Dec 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Try your best and look on the bright side." (Athlete, 29 Dec 2010)
Awards and honours
He was Belgium's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (myinfo.rio2016.com, 06 Sep 2016)

He received the 2011 National Trophy Victor Boin Award from the Belgian Paralympic Committee. (paralympic.org, 13 Feb 2012)

He was named the Belgian Paralympic Athlete of the Year in 2010. (paralympic.org, 20 Dec 2010)
Other sports
He has competed in national para-triathlons. (bestofeuropehandbiketeam.eu, 31 Mar 2014)
Impairment
He had his leg amputated at age 11 after he was diagnosed with cancer in his ankle and foot. (gripvzw.be, 19 Mar 2010)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He works as a sports secretary for Royal Ostend Swimming Club [ROSC] in Belgium. (ostendswimming.be, 2016)

COUNCIL
He participated in the 2006 elections for his city council in Belgium and was elected representing the Liberal Democrats [OpenVLD]. (Athlete, 14 Jun 2011)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
6 2004 100m Backstroke S10 1:07.83
5 2004 100m Breaststroke SB9 1:14.12
6 2004 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:24.03
9 2008 100m Backstroke S10 1:05.44
8 2008 100m Breaststroke SB9 1:15.29
4 2008 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:16.21
5 2012 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:15.99
Heats 2012 100m Backstroke S10 1:04.62
7 2016 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:16.94 
Heats 2016 400m Freestyle S10 4:25.14
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
14 2002 400m Freestyle S10 4:56.88
7 2002 100m Backstroke S10 1:11.89
6 2002 100m Breaststroke SB9 1:16.66
  2002 5km Open Water  DNF
12 2006 400m Freestyle S10 4:36.51
7 2006 100m Backstroke S10 1:07.63
8 2006 100m Breaststroke SB9 1:16.80
6 2006 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:25.46
15 2006 5km Open Water 1:08:36
3 2010 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:15.39
10 2010 100m Breaststroke SB9 1:14.60
8 2010 100m Backstroke S10 1:05.29
6 2010 5km Open Water S1-S10 1:04:11.55
4 2013 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:15.03
7 2013 100m Backstroke S10 1:06.39
8 2015 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:17.99
Heats 2015 100m Backstroke S10 1:05.82
European Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
4 2014 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:16.27
3 2014 100m Backstroke S10 1:04.47
6 2016 400m Freestyle S10 4:23.29
17 2016 50m Freestyle S10 28.02
6 2016 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:19.90
6 2016 100m Backstroke S10 1:04.96