Thakker Jigar Jayeshbhai

  • Sport : Swimming (S4)
  • Date of Birth : 15/6/1998
  • Hometown : Rajkot, Gujarat
  • Training Base : Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati Swimming Pool, Kalawad
  • Nature of Disability : Cerebral Palsy


Jigar was born with cerebral palsy due to which 80% of his body lacks muscle mass. He started swimming at the age of 8 when his therapist suggested it as a form of exercise, since swimming helps muscle extraction and development of the muscle mass. From then on, he has enjoyed the sport and continued with it.

He practices for 8 hours in a day with both his parents supporting his endeavours, as they take turns to oversee Jigar’s swimming and exercise routine. His father who is also a businessman ensures that he takes time out to support his son’s sporting endeavours.

He has been consistently clinching gold medals at the National games since 2014 and has not looked back since. With such distinguished performances, the Paralympic Association of India selected him to represent the country at the IDM Berlin World Series in 2017.

Having tracked his performances for quite some time, Jigar was shortlisted and eventually selected for support under the Para Champions Programme 2018-19.


  • Winner in the Freestyle category at the XVII National Para Swimming Championship, 2017
  • Winner at the XVI National Para Swimming Championship, 2017
  • Finished 5th at the IDM Berlin World Series, 2017

Tentative Competition Schedule till 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio (7th- 18th September)

Competition Location Date Add Event
Berlin Open - 2016 IPC Athletics Grand Prix Berlin, Germany 13th to 17th July Add to my calendar
IPC Athletics World Grand Prix Final-2016 London, Great Britain 23rd to 24th July Add to my calendar