Trịnh Thị Bích Như

Age

32

Country:

Vietnam

Sport:

Swimming

2011 ASEAN Para Games, Indonesia

2015 Glasgow World Championships: SB5 100m Breast stroke - first swimming medal for Vietnam

Having contracted polio at a young age she had to have her legs amputated
Despite this she wanted to be independent and moved away from her family and took a job in Ho Chi Minh City, sewing at a factory for disabled people earning $2.5 a day.
Advised by a friend to try swimming as a form of relaxation she met swimming coach Dong Quoc Cuong in 2010 and soon joined his team where her skill increased. Only a year later she made her international debut with a gold medal at the ASEAN Para Games
Inspired by Olympian Michael Phelps who holds 22 Olympic medals she makes the journey everyday by bus in her wheelchair to the Tan Binh Training Centre.
At the Glasgow Games in July 2015 she took home Vietnam’s first world-class medal in the pool. She is now looking ahead to the Paralympics in Rio, having secured her spot by winning a medal at a World Championship.
She did not get through the heats in Paralympics 2012 but then with Parasport support and funding she achieved a world championship medal in 2015

My legs don't work by my will does. That is where my future is Life is like swimming in water; if you stay still, the water will swallow you. The only way to survive is swimming forward and you will find your life is amazing If you move with passion and faith, you will never lose your way