Afflicted by Polio at an early age, Swapnil started swimming on the advice of doctors at the age of six, as a form of Hydrotherapy. Inspired by one of India’s most successful swimmers, Virdhawal Khade, young Swapnil Patil relocated to Bangalore to train at the same swimming centre as his idol in Dolphin Aquatics.
The tall, lanky Kolhapur boy began competing and soon started winning medals at all local swim meets. Having done well at the National level, Swapnil represented India at internationals winning his first international medal aged 15 years. In 2014, he was chosen to be part of the Indian swimming team for the Asian Para Games in Incheon, Korea. He was part of the bronze medal winning 4x100 medley relay team. Still only 20, Swapnil has a bright future ahead of him with the Para Asian Games in 2018 and Tokyo Paralympics in 2020 lined up.
- Bronze medal in the 50m Backstroke event at the IDM Berlin Swimming championships, 2018
- Gold Medal (50m Backstroke) and Bronze Medal (50m Freestyle) at the 2017 NSW State Open Championship Sydney
- Bronze medal in 4x100m medley relay at the 2014 Para Asian Games Bronze in Incheon (Korea)