Down syndrome world swimming record holder training with Kwinana swim club

Down syndrome swimming world record holder Nis Heide Pinnerup
Down syndrome swimming world record holder Nis Heide Pinnerup

EUROPEAN Down syndrome record holder Nis Heide Pinnerup has been training five days a week with Kwinana Swim Club during March.

Born and living in Viborg, Denmark with his family, Pinnerup has travelled the world chasing his swimming dreams.

He is the current European Down syndrome Record Holder in the 50m and 100m backstroke and the 200m individual medley.

Kwinana Swimming Club head coach Kareena Preston said it was the perfect preparation for Pinnerup ahead of the 2018 World Swimming Championships in Truro, Canada in July.

“(Pinnerup) is the second international swimmer with Down syndrome hosted by Kwinana Swimming Club,” she said.

“Joao Vaz from Portugal recently attended a training trip in Perth last September with his coach.”

Preston has had many years of coaching swimmers with many different abilities including world record holder Stephen Donovan, who has Down syndrome, and four-times paralympian Jeremy McClure, who is blind.

She currently coaches a young nine year old boy Alexey Ulupov, who has an acquired brain injury.

“(Ulupov) is developing into a very strong backstroker,” Preston said.

“Every session (he) is keeping up with his peers more and more.

“Swimming helps (Ulupov) maintain and develop strength and mobility, as it does for everyone.”

MORE: Top 10 worst Perth suburbs for water wastage revealed

MORE: Perth shark warning: two people injured close to shore

MORE: Two people dead in car crash near New Norcia