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NATUNEN Mikael
Sport Para swimming
NPC Finland   
GenderMen
Age28
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S7, SB6, SM7
Further Personal Information
Residence
Järvenpää, FIN
Languages
Finnish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 2005.
Why this sport?
His physiotherapist recommended he try swimming to aid his rehabilitation. He began with shallow water exercises, water aerobics, and was inspired to take up swimming regularly. A coach noticed him and suggested he consider competing for the national team, so he went to a swimming camp in Kuortane, Finland, where his competitive spirit developed.
Club / Team
Jarvenpaan Uintiklubin: Finland
Name of coach
Kati Kauhanen [national]
General Interest
Nicknames
Miksu (Twitter profile, 09 Feb 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Give all you can and do not give up." (sport.fi, 12 Aug 2014)
Impairment
He was involved in a tractor accident on a farm that resulted in spinal cord injuries. (it-lehti.fi, 01 Dec 2009)

Competition Highlights (historical)
European Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
8 2014 50m Butterfly S7 38.70
Heat 2014 100m Breaststroke SB6 1:47.90
12 2016 50m Butterfly S7 37.43
11 2016 200m Individual Medley SM7 3:11.93
11 2016 100m Breaststroke SB6 1:44.85
13 2016 400m Freestyle S7 5:40.77
12 2016 100m Freestyle S7 1:14.45
14 2016 50m Freestyle S7 34.63