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SECNIK Ales
Sport Para swimming
NPC Slovenia   
GenderMen
Age28
Place of BirthLjubljana, SLO
Height1.93 m
Weight 103 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Residence
Vrhnika, SLO
Occupation
Entertainment Industry, Finance
Languages
Croatian, German, Slovene, English
Higher education
Multimedia - Institute and Academy for Multimedia: Ljubljana, SLO
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para swimming in 2008 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Why this sport?
He took up the sport as part of his rehabilitation.
Senior International Debut
Year
2006
Competing for
Slovenia
Location
Slovenia
General Interest
Nicknames
Seco (Athlete, 29 Apr 2011)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold and breaking the world record in the 50m butterfly at the 2015 Grand Prix event in Berlin, Germany. (Athlete, 14 Jul 2015)
Most influential person in career
US comedian George Carlin. (Athlete, 14 Jul 2015)
Hero / Idol
US basketball player Michael Jordan. (Athlete, 14 Jul 2015)
Injuries
He competed with an inflamed ear at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. (napotidoria.si, 13 Jul 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Eat, drink and swim." (Athlete, 14 Jul 2015)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2012 Sportsman of the Year by the Vrhnika Sports Association in Slovenia. (vrhnika.si, 28 Nov 2011)
Other sports
He competed in volleyball before his accident, and he has also competed in para-table tennis. (Athlete, 29 Apr 2011)
Impairment
He broke his neck in a skiing accident in January 2006, which resulted in quadriplegia. (Athlete, 29 Apr 2011)
Other information
RETIREMENT
He retired from the sport in 2016. "I finished my swimming career in order to finish school, to find a job and because of injuries of the left shoulder. The problem was also financial. I couldn't train seven times a week and maintain job to live on my own." (Athlete, 17 Mar 2019)

OCCUPATION
He has worked as a speaker at sports events, stand-up comedian, and in the cryptocurrency sector. (Athlete, 17 Mar 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
13 2010 50m Freestyle S2 1:27.68
18 2010 50m Butterfly S5 1:23.72
13 2010 50m Breaststroke SB2 2:16.93
13 2010 150m Individual Medley SM3 5:43.28
Heats 2013 100m Freestyle S2 3:10.94
  2013 50m Butterfly S3  DSQ
Heats 2015 50m Freestyle S3 1:25.06
Heats 2015 50m Backstroke S2 2:01.86
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
7 2014 100m Freestyle S2 2:56.24
Heat 2014 50m Freestyle S2 1:22.55
Heat 2014 50m Backstroke S2  DSQ
Heat 2014 50m Breaststroke SB3 2:00.95