'Amphibian Namibian’ ready for the IPC swimming champs

06 Jul 2015 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 06 JUL (NAMPA – Namibian Paralympic swimmer Gideon ‘Amphibian Namibian’ Nasilowski will depart for Glasgow, Scotland on Saturday to take part in the upcoming International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Swimming World Championships.
The competition will take place from 13 to 19 July.
Nasilowski will compete under the S3 Classification in the 50 metre (m) freestyle, 50m breaststroke and 200m freestyle swimming events.
The IPC website states that the S3 classification is for athletes with amputations of all four limbs. Swimmers with reasonable arm strokes but no use of their legs or trunk and swimmers with severe co-ordination problems in all limbs are also included in this sport class.
Speaking at a media conference organised by the Namibia Paralympic Committee (NPC) here on Monday, the swimmer said he is very excited to represent Namibia at such a huge tournament.
“This will be my second time at the world championships, and my third international event where I will be representing Namibia.
“It is an honour to represent my country as I always try to fly the Namibian flag high. I will by all means this time around do my best and at least win medals,” said Nasilowski.
In the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships held in Montreal, Canada, he reached the final of the 50m freestyle event .
The 2015 championships are a platform to qualify for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games.
“We have proven over the years through disable sports that everything is possible, and at the moment I am trying to qualify for the Paralympics next year.
“At the moment the qualifying time for Rio is one minute and 02 seconds (1.02) for the 50m swim and I am not very far from that, so when I get to the world championships I will consult with one of the coaches who also works with athletes who have the same disability like me to help me on whatever problem I might be facing, and possibly improve on my time and qualify for Rio,” he stated.
NPC Secretary-General Michael Hamukwaya said the committee is happy to have a Namibian swimmer at the event.
Over 580 athletes from nearly 70 countries will compete in the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships, the seventh edition of the competition.
Nasilowski thanked the Namibian Government, NPC, Disability Sport Namibia, Food Lovers' Market and his employers First National Bank Namibia for supporting him throughout his training for the championships.