The mosaic of a Paralympic athlete | Antonis Tsapatakis | TEDxAUEB

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Published on September 12, 2017
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At the age of 5 years old, Antonis Tsapatakis started swimming and some years later, he became a polo athlete. In 2006, in a turn of a familiar road, just outside the swimming pool where he had spent half of his life as a water polo player of Chania NO, he lost the control of his motorcycle due to excessive speed. He was ejected against the pavement, resulting in paralysis of the lower limbs. In 2009, he started swimming in the disabled team. During this time, he has many excellences in national (holds two national records), European and global competitions, he posseses 17 gold, silver and bronze medals. The power, passion and determination led him to the Paralympics in London 2012, where he took the 4th place in 100m. breaststroke style SB4, a place he won again in the Paralympic Games in Rio in 2016.
Antonis Tsapatakis explained how every event in his life has contributed as a separate tile in his life, that can be paralleled with a mosaic.
He was ejected against the pavement, resulting in paralysis of the lower limbs. In 2009, he started swimming in the disabled team, under the coaching of Kostas Nikolantonakis. During this time, he has many excellences in national (holds two national records), European and global competitions, he posseses 17 gold, silver and bronze medals. Also, he conducted interviews and professional photographs in Magazines like, Life & Style (2011) and I WEEKLY (2010) .The power, passion and determination led him to the Paralympics in London in 2012, which added to his biographical material, the 4th place in 100m. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx