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KOBILICA Alen
Sport Para swimming, Para Triathlon
NPC Slovenia   
GenderMen
Age49
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
S11, SB11, SM11
Guide
Mitja Mori
Further Personal Information
Residence
Ljubljana, SLO
Occupation
Athlete, Business Owner, Model
Languages
Slovene
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He swam and took part in a number of sports for years before he lost his vision.
Name of coach
Grega Nahtigal
General Interest
Injuries
He injured his shoulder in 2015 after falling off his bicycle. (zsis.si, 18 Sep 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"No problem is so difficult that it cannot be resolved and overcome." (24ur.com, 21 Apr 2011)
Other sports
He represented Slovenia in para-swimming at the 2013 World Championships in Montreal, QC, Canada. He has also competed in para-alpine skiing. (SportsDeskOnline, 23 Sep 2015; paralympic.org, 2013; zadovoljna.si, 20 Apr 2011)
Impairment
Following the removal of a brain tumour in 2008 his vision started to decline. Doctors had warned him before the operation that he may lose his sight. Initially he was completely blind, but two years later he began to be able to tell whether he was in an area with light sources or not. (govori.se, 05 Oct 2010)
Other information
FASHION ICON
He had a successful career as a fashion model, working for designers such as Giorgio Armani. He travelled back and forth between France and Italy for several years at the beginning of his career, before moving to South Africa and New York, United States. He returned to Europe several years later and worked in Spain and Germany before opening his own modelling agency called Alan Kobilica Models. (Facebook profile, 18 Sep 2015; zurnal24.si, 24 Sep 2010; Men's Health Magazine, 23 Dec 2008)

OCCUPATION
He is co-owner of the weight loss business Organika Plus in Ljubljana, Slovenia. (Facebook profile, 18 Sep 2015)

DOCUMENTARY
A documentary about him called 'Walking on Water' was released in 2011. The film follows his progression from being diagnosed with a brain tumour to competing in para-swimming at international level. (film-center.si, 2011)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
  2013 50m Freestyle S11  DSQ
7 2013 100m Breaststroke SB11 1:38.71
World Championships - Para Triathlon
Rank Year Event Result
4 2014 PT5 1:05:29
4 2015 PT5 1:05:52
4 2016 PT5 1:09:31
7 2017 PTVI 1:10:49
11 2018 PTVI 1:05:58
10 2019 PTVI 1:10:10
European Championships - Para Triathlon
Rank Year Event Result
  2013 TRI-6a  DSQ
4 2014 PT5 1:05:22
2 2015 PT5 59.24
6 2017 PTVI 1:09:39
4 2018 PTVI 1:05:40
6 2019 PTVI 1:05:40
World Ranking (2018/01/01) - Para Triathlon
Rank Year Event Result
9 2018 PTVI  
12 2018 PTVI  
12 2018 PTVI