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Joshua TIBATEMWA
Sport Swimming
NOC Uganda   
GenderMen
Born10 Sep 1996 in Kampala, UGA
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
San Francisco, CA, USA
Occupation
Information Technology
Languages
English
Higher education
Computer Science, Economics - Grinnell College: United States
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age six in Kampala, Uganda.
Why this sport?
He first started swimming to lose weight, but later he fell in love with the sport. "At first I didn't want to compete. With swimming, you have time to yourself as compared to other sports. You don't have to shout to pass the ball. You can be alone in your head."
International Debut
Year
2012
Competing for
Uganda
Tournament
World Short Course Championships
Location
Istanbul, TUR
General Interest
Nicknames
Aurum (Facebook profile, 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Being Uganda's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (agakhanacademies.org, 01 Nov 2018)
Hero / Idol
US boxer Muhammad Ali, US swimmer Nathan Adrian. (Athlete, 05 Aug 2016; NTV Uganda YouTube channel, 16 Jul 2016)
Injuries
He suffered a shoulder injury in June 2013. (Athlete, 26 Jul 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Do not dwell too much on your failures. They are an inherent part of life. Do not attempt to handle too many things at once. Depth is better than breadth in certain circumstances." (agakhanacademies.org, 01 Nov 2018)
Awards and honours
He was Uganda's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (stillmed.olympic.org, 05 Aug 2016)
Famous relatives
His brother Elisha has also represented Uganda in swimming, and competed at the 2014 World Short Course Championships in Doha, Qatar. (grinnell.edu, 20 Jul 2017; SportsDeskOnline, 13 Aug 2018)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He works as a software engineer at social network Twitter in San Francisco, CA, United States of America. (Twitter profile, 19 Sep 2021; LinkedIn profile, 01 Jun 2021)

SCHOLARSHIP
He was one of 36 athletes from across the world to receive a FINA Scholarship in 2017. The scholarship was designed to help the athletes to qualify and participate at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. The scholarship also presented the athletes with an option to train at a FINA-approved training centre in Thailand, the United States of America and Senegal. (fina.org, 01 Mar 2017)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 50m Freestyle 25.98
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 50m Breaststroke 32.77
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 100m Freestyle 58.79
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 50m Breaststroke 33.00
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 50m Freestyle 25.54
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 50m Breaststroke 33.85
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 100m Breaststroke  DNS
  2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 50m Breaststroke DNS
  2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 50m Freestyle DNS
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 50m Breaststroke 32.48
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 50m Freestyle 26.14