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Alexander SKINNER
Sport Swimming
NOC Namibia   
Born18 Mar 1998
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Lebanon, IL, USA
Athlete, Student
Afrikaans, English
Higher education
Exercise Science, Sport Studies - McKendree University: Lebanon, IL, USA
Sport Specific Information
Club / Team
Dolphins Swimming Club [NAM] / McKendree University [USA]:
Name of coach
Jimmy Tierney [McKendree University]
General Interest
Xander (Facebook profile, 19 Jan 2022)
To compete at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England. (confidentenamibia.com, 03 Dec 2021)
Other information
During the COVID-19 lockdown in Namibia in early 2020 he was able to continue training by swimming in a dam on his family's farm, the Omburu-Sud Farm, located in Omaruru, Namibia. He was initially concerned about snakes in the dam but after a few sessions he accepted the risk. "If you have a fear of sharks, you will never swim in the ocean again." (namibiansun.com, 28 Apr 2020)

He was one of 36 swimmers from across the world to receive a FINA Scholarship in 2017, which 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 the option to train at FINA-approved training centres in Thailand, the United States of America, and Senegal. (fina.org, 01 Mar 2017)

 Competition Highlights
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Freestyle 50.44
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 50m Freestyle 23.04
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 100m Freestyle 51.00
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 200m Freestyle 1:54.99
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Freestyle 2:01.01
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Freestyle 54.05
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 200m Freestyle 1:47.66
Heats 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 100m Freestyle 48.40
57 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 50m Freestyle 23.05 
64 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 100m Freestyle 49.77 
Heats 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 200m Freestyle 1:53.47
75 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 50m Butterfly 25.97 
African Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2016 Bloemfontein, RSA 100m Freestyle 51.54
8 2016 Bloemfontein, RSA 50m Butterfly 26.87
6 2016 Bloemfontein, RSA 100m Backstroke 1:01.51
5 2016 Bloemfontein, RSA 50m Freestyle 23.58
4 2016 Bloemfontein, RSA 4 x 100m Medley Relay 4:28.35