Tasman swimmer Ethan Martin is heading to Brazil later this year to compete in the fifth World Deaf Swimming Championships.
Ethan has qualified to swim in 10 events, including the 200m individual medley and breaststroke, 50m freestyle, butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke, and the 100m backstroke and breaststroke.
His favourite events are the 200m individual medley and breaststroke.
Ethan says he has always been interested in swimming but it was only four years ago that he started doing it competitively.
He is in the pool training four or five times a week training for an hour and a half each time, with three of those sessions requiring 4.30am starts.
That is complemented by training circuits at the gym, which include weights.
He has spent the last four weekends competing at events in Wellington or Nelson in an effort to get as much competition in as possible.
Ethan was born deaf and received his first cochlear implant at the age of 10, which was followed soon after by a second one.
The now 16-year-old swimmer competes for the Motueka Swimming Club.
He competes against swimmers who have full hearing, so he has a special system in place to ensure he is not at a disadvantage when the starting gun goes off.
He has his mum Lisa standing behind him when he is on the starting blocks. She gives him a tap on the ankle when the starter says “on your marks” and another when the gun goes off.
Ethan’s financial target to get to the world games is $30,000, which will cover return flights from Nelson to Sao Paulo, accommodation during the games, transfers and other miscellaneous costs.
To support Ethan’s trip to the games, go to his givealittle page at https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/ethan-martin-5th-world-swimming-championship