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ARDERN Michael
Sport Para swimming
NPC New Zealand   
GenderMen
Age32
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S7, SB7, SM7
Further Personal Information
Residence
Hamilton, NZL
Occupation
Coach, Student
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He started swimming in New Zealand in 2005.
Why this sport?
He started the sport in an attempt to strengthen the muscles in the right side of his body.
Club / Team
Fairfield Swim Club: Hamilton, NZL
Name of coach
Coahan Smit
Training Regime
He trains twice a week.
Handedness
Left
General Interest
Nicknames
Superman. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2010)
Hobbies
Riding. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze at the 2009 Rio de Janeiro World Short Course Championships (Athlete, 20 Aug 2010)
Most influential person in career
His coach, Coahan Smit. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2010)
Injuries
He suffered from Oarmsman's wrist in 2007. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Go hard or go harder" (Athlete, 20 Aug 2010)
Impairment
He was born able bodied but contracted meningitis just five days later. The disease left him with cerebral palsy and hemipleagia, which affects the right side of his body. (patersonburn.co.nz, 10 Mar 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
7 2010 100m Breaststroke SB7 1:36.94
8 2010 50m Freestyle S7 30.37
10 2010 100m Backstroke S7 1:19.96
8 2010 100m Freestyle S7 1:07.27
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Event Result
3 2009 100m Backstroke S7 1:15.32
3 2009 100m Freestyle S7 1:04.64