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Paralympic swimmer builds makeshift pool to train during shutdown

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18-year-old swimmer Sebastian Galleguillo says after COVID-19 closed the pool he trains in, he was forced to get creative because training on land was not cutting it.

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Galleguillo and his dad used plastic sheets, logs, metal drums, and an old tank to build the pool. They filled it with 400 liters of water.

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Paralympic Athlete

"With swimming I am one, I am completely me: in there, I do not depend on my hearing, I am in the water and I only need my body to train."

Sebastian Galleguillo

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Argentina's government extended its mandatory lockdown around Buenos Aires due to a recent spike in COVID cases that now number over 100,000, with nearly 2,000 fatalities.

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Despite the cold winter, Galleguillo trains daily in his pool, with heat from wood burned in a metal drum.

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Paralympic Athlete's Father

"I asked him, 'aren't you cold?' It (water) is cold. And he said to me, 'No, pa, it's not cold, it's great.' And, he swam and he moved, and his mother and I were happy to see him smile when he came out."

Edmundo Cesar Hernandez

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Galleguillo, who is deaf, is training for the 2021 Deaflymipics in Brazil.

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