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GRAOVAC Filip
Sport Para athletics, Para swimming
NPC Serbia   
GenderMen
Age38
Place of BirthBelgrade, YUG
Height1.90 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S3, SB2, SM3
Further Personal Information
Family
One daughter
Residence
Belgrade, SRB
Occupation
Athlete, Clerk
Languages
Croatian, Serbian, English
Higher education
Economics - Megatrend University: Belgrade, SRB
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia.
Why this sport?
One of his friends encouraged him to try the sport. He then met coach Safat Hodzic, who suggested he should start competing in Para swimming.
Name of coach
Safat Hodzic [personal]
Training Regime
He trains every morning in Belgrade, Serbia.
Senior International Debut
Year
2008
Competing for
Serbia
Location
Belgium
General Interest
Nicknames
Fica (Athlete, 26 Aug 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement
Securing a fifth-place finish at the 2009 European Championships in Reykjavik, Iceland. (TelevizijaZemun YouTube channel, 28 Oct 2016)
Most influential person in career
Coach Safat Hodzic. (TelevizijaZemun YouTube channel, 28 Oct 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Everything is possible with practice." (Athlete, 26 Aug 2010)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (TelevizijaZemun YouTube channel, 28 Oct 2016)
Impairment
At age 15 he fractured the sixth cervical vertebra in his back after diving into the sea in Bar, Montenegro. (TelevizijaZemun YouTube channel, 28 Oct 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
12 2010 50m Freestyle S3 1:15.81
12 2010 50m Backstroke S3 1:16.76
European Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
5 2021 Club Throw F51 29.04