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ONEA Andreas
Sport Para swimming
NPC Austria   
Place of BirthZwettl an der Rodl, AUT
Height1.78 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
S8, SB8, SM8
Further Personal Information
Deutsch-Wagram, AUT
Armed Forces Athlete, Motivational Speaker
German, Italian, Romanian, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age seven at the Weisser Hof Rehabilitation Centre in Austria.
Why this sport?
He began swimming as therapy. "[I wanted ] to stay fit and learn how to have an active lifestyle with one arm. The great thing about swimming is that the water supports the body and you can move around with limited mobility. At some point I took part in a smaller competition and from then on it developed step by step. I made the decision to do professional sport at the age of 18."
Club / Team
Schwimm-Union Wien: Austria
Training Regime
He trains for four hours a day, six days a week.
General Interest
Andy (Athlete, 08 Feb 2012)
Communications technology, reading. (Athlete, 10 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the SB8 100m breaststroke at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 10 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (Athlete, 10 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
Swiss tennis player Roger Federer, US swimmer Michael Phelps, US Para swimmer Jessica Long. (, 21 Apr 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Always give your best and find solutions." (Athlete, 01 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2013 he received the Goldene Sportehrenabzeichen [Golden Badge of Honour] from the city of Deutsch-Wagram in Austria. (Facebook profile, 22 May 2015)

In September 2010 he was presented with the Goldene Verdienstzeichen der Republik Osterreich [Golden Badge of Honour of the Republic of Austria] in recognition of the bronze medal he won at the 2010 World Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Facebook profile, 22 May 2015)

He was named 2008 and 2009 Young Male Athlete of the Year by the Austrian Disabled Sports Association [OBSV]. (, 26 Feb 2016)
To win gold at the Paralympic Games, the world championships, and the European championships. (, 21 Nov 2020)
He lost his left arm at age six after he was injured in a car accident in Romania. "A truck in front of us had lost oil, we were told by the authorities afterwards. It had also rained heavily that day. My father lost control of the car, went off the road, and the car rolled over several times. I was so 'smart' back then and had the belt wrapped around my arm so that I could sleep comfortably on it. When the car rolled over, I was thrown out of the vehicle. The belt tightened and literally ripped my arm off. I was thrown about 15 metres from the vehicle and landed in a ditch." (, 21 Nov 2020; Athlete, 10 Sep 2019;, 27 Mar 2017)
Other information
He has worked as a presenter on the Austrian television programme 'Ohne Grenzen' [No Limits] and for the Austrian Armed Forces podcast 'SportRapport'. He has also written articles for the Schwimm Union Wien website in Austria. "I have been moderating 'Ohne Grenzen' since 2012. It was one of the biggest developments of my life. I can make a bigger impact with the programme rather than sitting at home and complaining that they make poor reports on 'us'. In general, I am a bit critical of the scene, because I find that people with an impairment are more likely to take things outside the box, approach the environment differently, and play a more active role in the desired change." (, 09 Dec 2021; Osterreichs Bundesheer YouTube channel, 24 May 2021;, 02 Feb 2021;, 21 Dec 2020; Facebook page, 02 Sep 2020;, 23 May 2019;, 18 Feb 2019;, 19 Nov 2014)

He plans to establish his own start-up business. "I've been observing the start-up scene for a long time. At the moment [speaking in 2021] I would like to continue with my motivational speaking in addition to professional sport because I have good leverage with it in society. I also have ideas on how a start-up can improve the inclusion of people with impairments in the labour market. I think that digitisation and entrepreneurship have an extremely big impact here. I still have a few good years ahead of me in top-level sport, even if I didn't reach my personal goal at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo. I would definitely like to take part in the next Games in Paris and Los Angeles. Then I'll be 36 and that's also a good age to start a business." (Facebook page, 24 Feb 2022;, 05 Oct 2021)

In 2020 he graduated with a master's degree in business administration and sports from the University of Applied Sciences Burgenland in Eisenstadt, Austria. (LinkedIn profile, 12 May 2022; Facebook profile, 09 Feb 2021; Athlete, 10 Sep 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
6 2008 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:17.71
Heats 2012 100m Butterfly S8 1:09.43
4 2012 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:11.35
Heat 2012 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:35.74
6 2016 100m Butterfly S8 1:05.23
3 2016 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:14.44
15 2016 50m Freestyle S8 29.49 
9 2016 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:35.34 
10 2021 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:13.90
9 2021 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:31.03
15 2021 100m Butterfly S8 1:09.52
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
14 2010 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:51.48
8 2010 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:18.39
18 2010 50m Freestyle S8 31.81
12 2010 100m Butterfly S8 1:10.71
Heat 2013 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:43.50
2 2013 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:12.99
Heats 2013 100m Butterfly S8 1:08.97
Heats 2015 100m Butterfly S8 1:06.75
3 2015 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:12.34
Heats 2015 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:42.06
Heats 2015 50m Freestyle S8 29.77
7 2017 50m Freestyle S8 29.17
5 2017 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:15.17
6 2017 100m Butterfly S8 1:05.57
4 2017 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:34.26
Heats 2019 100m Butterfly S8  DSQ
6 2019 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:33.54
5 2019 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:13.79
Heats 2022 100m Butterfly S8  DSQ
5 2022 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:31.68
3 2022 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:12.82
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Event Result
3 2009 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:12.91
European Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
7 2014 100m Butterfly S8 1:08.13
6 2014 200m Individual Medley SM8 3:01.78
4 2014 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:16.41
3 2016 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:31.10
7 2016 100m Butterfly S8 1:06.49
2 2016 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:13.75
2 2018 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:29.95
8 2018 50m Freestyle S8  DSQ
3 2018 100m Butterfly S8 1:07.67
4 2018 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:13.58
7 2021 100m Butterfly S8 1:08.91
3 2021 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:31.99
5 2021 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:12.76