Javier de Aymerich, key figure in Paralympic swimming and laureate Richard Oribe, dies


Javier de Aymerich, a key figure in Paralympic swimming and in the successful career of Richard Oribe, has died at the age of 70, as confirmed this Sunday by the Spanish Sports Federation for People with Cerebral Palsy and Acquired Brain Injury (FEDPC).

“Spanish Paralympic sport is in mourning after learning of the death, at the age of 70, of Javier de Aymerich, who was linked to swimming throughout his life. The Guipuzcoan coach left an indelible mark on the pool after several decades of intense work , training and studies, a pioneer in training for people with cerebral palsy and acquired brain damage. Without a doubt, a very important figure in the development of Paralympic swimming in Spain,” the FEDPC said goodbye to him.

De Aymerich, a Physical Education graduate from the INEF-Madrid, joined the FEDPC in 1997 and met Richard Oribe, also from Guipuzcoan, the most successful swimmer with cerebral palsy in history and winner of 16 medals in the Paralympic Games, with whom he was in Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012, and with which he created the Konporta Club, an entity that works by and for people with functional diversity who wish to practice or compete in the aquatic environment.

“The FEDPC and all the institutions of which he was a part want to convey our deepest condolences and condolences to family and friends. We join in your pain because we lose one of the leaders of our swimming and a model on which to look professionally and personally. “Thank you Javi for everything, rest in peace mate,” the federation noted.

For its part, the Spanish Paralympic Committee (CPE) also regretted the death of De Aymerich. “The Paralympic family mourns the loss of Javier Aymerich, legendary coach of multi-medallist Richard Oribe.

Our condolences to family and friends,” he wrote on his official 'X' profile.