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Sport Para swimming
NPC Finland   
Place of BirthEspoo, FIN
Height1.81 m
Weight 78 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
S13, SB13, SM13
Further Personal Information
Finnish, German, Swedish, English
Higher education
Sports Management - Lapland University of Applied Sciences: Rovaniemi, FIN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age 10.
Why this sport?
Swimming challenged him and he loved the feeling of freedom he got from being in the water.
Club / Team
SC Rovaniemi: Finland
Name of coach
Gerd Buttner [personal], FIN, from 2016
Senior International Debut
Competing for
Paralympic Games
Beijing, CHN
General Interest
Listening to music, playing with a Rubik's cube. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing sixth in the S13 100m backstroke at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 08 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Helen Ovaska. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Finnish Para judoka Jani Kallunki. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
He injured his right shoulder and suffered from a head injury in 2009. (Athlete, 26 Aug 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Love what you do but hate the moment when you lose." (Athlete, 08 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2016 Para Swimmer of the Year by the Finnish Sports Association for People with Impairments [VAU]. (, 18 Jan 2017)

He was named the 2012 Swimmer of the Year by the Finnish Swimming Association. (, 27 Dec 2012)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 27 Feb 2017)
Other information
He plans to retire from swimming after the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo and wants to turn to coaching. He already has coaching experience working with young swimmers in Rovaniemi, Finland. "As a coach, I have to give the athletes responsibility, because I don't see underwater, for example, what's going on there. I'll tell you what to do and how it should feel. As a swimmer, I know power well, how something should feel, and I urge them to investigate it by giving them responsibility." (, 19 Feb 2021)

He has studied physical education at the Lapland Sports Institute in Rovaniemi, Finland. (, 27 Feb 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
7 2008 100m Backstroke S13 1:08.07
8 2012 100m Backstroke S13 1:05.89
17 2016 100m Butterfly S13 1:03.72 
13 2016 200m Individual Medley SM13 2:23.70 
Heats 2016 50m Freestyle S13 26.22
6 2016 100m Backstroke S13 1:02.84 
7 2021 100m Backstroke S13 1:04.21
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
9 2010 200m Individual Medley SM13 2:24.00
10 2010 400m Freestyle S13 4:36.08
15 2010 100m Freestyle S13 1:02.83
6 2010 100m Backstroke S13 1:06.33
Heats 2015 50m Freestyle S13 26.36
6 2015 100m Backstroke S13 1:03.68
Heats 2015 100m Freestyle S13  DNS
Heats 2015 100m Butterfly S13  DNS
2 2017 100m Backstroke S13 1:04.51
  2017 100m Butterfly S13  DSQ
4 2017 200m Individual Medley SM13 2:26.40
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2014 50m Freestyle S13 26.73
5 2014 100m Freestyle S13 58.63
12 2016 100m Butterfly S13 1:03.44
19 2016 100m Freestyle S13 59.08
4 2016 100m Backstroke S13 1:03.59
5 2018 100m Butterfly S13 1:03.13
5 2018 200m Individual Medley SM13 2:22.08
3 2018 100m Backstroke S13 1:02.17
7 2021 100m Backstroke S13 1:04.54
12 2021 200m Individual Medley SM13 2:28.12