Age : 2001

Events : Free, Back & Fly

Place of Birth : Quezon City, Philippines

Current City : Abu Dhabi, UAE

International Debut : December 9, 2016

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Full Name : Joshua den Ouden
Nick Name : Josh

Birthday : November 9, 2001

Current City/Country : Abu Dhabi, UAE

City/Country of Birth : Quezon City, PHI

Current Club : 4th Lane Swim Club

Current Coach : Roger de Manresa
Overseas Clubs : D' Ace Seahawks (PHI) & Amstel (NED)

Overseas Coaches : Malco Dacanay & Marella Verhagen

Past Club & Coach : Hamilton Aquatics / Mike Squire

           
           
 

Describe yourself :

My friends say I'm funny and always have a big laugh at my jokes. I love talking to people. I enjoy listening to music. I enjoy playing other sports like soccer, cricket, baseball, basketball. I enjoy ice skating and rollerblading. I used to play golf and competed at the junior PGA until I gave it up for swimming. 


What side or character of yours that would most likely surprise others? 

I'm quiet, if I don't know you, that sometimes I'm mistakenly thought to be snobbish. But once you get to know me, I'm fun to be with. 

 

What age did you start swimming? What brought you to the sport of swimming?

I learned to swim at the age of 4 mainly for safety reason. We live at the beach front so going to the beach was/is a normal thing to do. My dad's side of the family are swimmers. It is a family joke that we learn to swim first before we walk. 


During your early years of swimming, have you ever thought that you will reach where you are now today?

No, I only thought it was FUN. It gave me so much freedom and confidence to swim  at the deepest end of the pool, frolicking with my cousins and friends, while my mom kept an eagle on me. 


What do you think are the factors that make you a successful swimmer?

Firstly, my supportive parents. I started competing at the age of 6. They always tell me to have fun and do my best, but never imposed that I should win. Secondly, hard work and strong determination to achieve my goal. The desire to win, to make my parents proud, my coach proud, my club/team proud and hopefully, one day, my country proud. And to say the least, prayers. 


What is your most memorable experience as a swimmer? 

My rookie year at the Dutch Nationals. To start with, the Dutch are known to be tall and I was competing with 6+ feet tall boys of my group age. They were strong swimmers with tough qualification times. Mom and dad said, the usual, have fun and do your best. But I believed in myself and I don't get intimidated with taller and stronger competitors. I know I can do it and I will do it. Voila....I did it! Silver 200m back. I remember that dad & I were approached by 2 other coaches from different clubs inviting me to join them, but my loyalty remained with my swim club. The following year, I won 2 medals and the press interview came out in 2 local newspapers. 


Apart from being a Summer Olympian, what is/are your other goal/s as a swimmer?

I want to influence and inspire children or anyone to engage in sports of their choice. Swimming taught me discipline, goal setting, confidence, camaraderie and a lot more. But what is more important is having fun in what you do. Swimming for me is FUN so everything is effortless even a tough and challenging training because I enjoy what I do.


Was there ever a time that you thought of quitting swimming? Why?

NEVER. To take swimming away from me, is like taking my life. 


Who do you look up to as a swimmer? Why?

Michael Phelps, the swimmer he had become. His love and dedication to swimming.


Any specific routines before and during the meet or before a swim? What are these?

Nothing in particular. The usual, eat home cooked meal, a nice warm bath (the soak in the bath is the most relaxing part of the day specially after a rigid training), sleep early and as always, a family prayer. During the meet, chillax with my mates and competitors, but before the race, listen to my coach.


Please share a word of wisdom for swimmers who wish to be like you.

Don't let go of your dreams. Set your goals, work hard to achieve it, and believe in yourself. Be the best of what you can be. 


Message to your supporters (fans) :

Fans? I don't have fans? Supporters, yes. That's my parents, my grandma, my family, my friends and my mom's friends. Thank you for your support, thank you for your prayers, thank you for your cheers, thank you for the pat on my shoulder and your smiles. Thank you for your comments on my mom's Facebook. Your good wishes continue to inspire me to do better. Like what I always hear my coach say during training. Josh......you can do better, go!!!

         

2016 International Results

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5th

01:03.35

100m Back 14-15 Boys

40th SEA Age Group Swimming Championships, THA

10.09.16

5th

02:15.58

200m Back 14-15 Boys

40th SEA Age Group Swimming Championships, THA

10.10.16

9th

00:57.50

100m Free 14-15 Boys

40th SEA Age Group Swimming Championships, THA

10.11.16

9th

00:29.82

50m Back 14-15 Boys

40th SEA Age Group Swimming Championships, THA

10.11.16

10th

00:27.38

50m Fly 14-15 Boys

40th SEA Age Group Swimming Championships, THA

10.10.16