PARA SWIMMING LIVING LEGEND

Thành 
Trung Nguyễn

Thành Trung Nguyễn waits in the starting blocks on the side of the pool, ready to compete.

Courage in constant motion.

Thành Trung Nguyễn has come a long way. From a tiny fishing village in his hometown of Can Tho City in Vietnam all the way to the Paralympic Games. But it’s not about how far he’s travelled in miles. It’s not even about how far he’s travelled in terms of expectations—even though learning to swim after both legs were paralyzed by polio is hard to imagine. No, the most amazing thing about Thành Trung isn’t how far he’s come. It’s how far he’s taking his community and his people. An inspiration to everyone who meets him, Thành Trung is a national hero. Because after being carried on the backs of friends and family since age three, it’s now Thành Trung who is carrying millions of fans.

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

THÀNH TRUNG NGUYỄN
Global Team Toyota

Thành Trung Nguyễn's

Impossible Story

Diving in and never giving up.

The son of a fishing family from a remote village in Vietnam, Thành Trung had no choice but to start work in the fishing industry himself. But fishing is a tough job. His tiny boat would often capsize in stormy conditions. If he hadn’t been able to swim without the use of his legs, Thành Trung would have drowned. Thank goodness his father taught him how by sinking bamboo poles into the river bottom and challenging Thành Trung to pass from one to another. Those lessons from his father helped him become one of the strongest swimmers in the world, eventually winning more than 70 international and domestic medals in his career. So revered by his country, he was asked to be Vietnam’s flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. And at the 2018 Asian Para Games, he not only won the 100-meter breaststroke, he smashed his previous best record.

Jan. 1, 1982
Born
Can Tho City, Vietnam
Hometown
Para Swimming
Sport
More Than 70
Medal Count
Thanh Trung adjusts his mirrored swimming goggles as droplets of pool water shine on his swim cap.

Finding gold and giving back.

Thành Trung never stops moving. Or making a difference. In addition to being a legendary Para swimmer, he’s also a local hip-hop hero on the dance floor. As part of the famous AAT dance group, Thành Trung performs in schools to raise money to help disadvantaged students. He sees swimming and dancing as a way to help inspire and empower communities in need. Named the “Hero of Change” in Toyota’s Hero Project in Vietnam, Thành Trung is now a member of Global Team Toyota. He knows the greatest champions and heroes are the ones who create positive change, helping to lead the world forward. Let’s see how far he can take us.

”I MUST REACH BEYOND MY LIMITS TO FULFILL MY DREAMS AND MY DESIRES."

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