NGUYEN THANH TRUNG

Inspiring the community through his mentorship in swimming and dancing.

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His Sport Impossible

For a young man who used to have to swim just to earn a livelihood for his family, Trung has come a long way. This fisherman-turned-para-swimmer has now won more than 40 medals in his career, including three golds at the 2011 ASEAN Para Games. At the 2018 Asian Para Games he not only won the 100m breaststroke, but smashed his previous best in the process.

“If I do not try hard to overcome my obstacles, nobody else can help me.”

His Social Impossible

Swimming wasn't always about trying to win races. When Trung was young, he had to work dangerous jobs setting fishing nets and loosening sand on river bottoms — work that is difficult and high-risk, even for the able bodied. It was only his sheer determination, his friends and his passion for singing and breakdancing that got him through. Now, he sees his swimming and dancing as a way to help inspire and empower other disadvantaged youths, and he frequently organises and takes part in community events. He knows, as we at Toyota do, that the greatest champions are those who create real and positive change in the real world.

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