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Pal
Joensen
Faroe IslandsFaroe Islands, FAR
Open water

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
10 December 1990
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Malan, daughter Thea
Residence
Copenhagen, DEN
Occupation
Athlete, Coach, Consultant, Student
Languages
Danish, English
Higher education
Business Administration - Copenhagen Business School: Frederiksberg, DEN

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age six in 1997 in Vagur, Faroe Islands.
Name of coach
Jon Bjarnason [personal]

General Interest

Hobbies
Watching films, literature. (swimnews.dk, 01 Aug 2016)
Hero / Idol
Norwegian swimmer Alexander Dale Oen. (swimnews.dk, 01 Aug 2016)
Awards and honours
In October 2015 a 50 metre swimming pool named 'Pal's Hall' was opened in the Faroe Islands. (dr.dk, 2016; faroeislands.fo, 2016)

He was named Faroese Sportsman of the Year for 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. (telegraph.co.uk, 12 Aug 2010)
Famous relatives
His wife Malan Vitalis [nee Baerendsen] has competed in swimming at an elite level. (alandresults2009.com, 2009)
Other information
COACHING
He works as an assistant swimming coach and project management consultant for Hovedstadens Svommeklub in Frederiksberg, Denmark. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Aug 2018)

FURTHER EDUCATION
He has studied for a master's degree in management, innovation and business development at Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Aug 2018)

MOVING TO DENMARK
In August 2012 he moved to Copenhagen, Denmark, seeking better training conditions. He competed for Denmark at the Olympic Games in 2012 and 2016 because the Faroe Islands, his country of birth, is not recognised by the International Olympic Committee [IOC]. (faroeislands.fo, 2016; swimswam.com, 2014)

NATIONAL FIRST
He was the first swimmer representing the Faroe Islands to win a medal at the world championships. He claimed bronze in the 1500m freestyle at the 2012 World Short Course Championships in Istanbul, Turkey. (SportsDeskOnline, 07 Aug 2017; faroeislands.fo, 2016)

BOOK
He is the subject of a book called 'The Pal effect', which was written by Rod Gilmour and published in August 2015. The book charts his rise from initially training in a 12.5 metre pool, all the way to competing at the Olympic Games. (The Pal Effect Facebook page, 27 Jun 2017; swimswam.com, 2014)