‘In the water I can do whatever I want,’ Jendi Pangabean said. He lost his left leg when he was 12 years old, but he never gave up.
He is currently one of the fastest para-swimmers in Southeast Asia and won five gold medals at last year’s ASEAN Para Games.
Being a Paralympic athlete also made life meaningful for Ni Nengah Widiasih. She won Indonesia’s first and only medal at the Rio Paralympics, and a gold medal at the ASEAN Para Games in 2017.
As both prepared for the Asian Para Games, being held later this year in Indonesia, they told BBC News their stories.
‘Underwater, I’m a normal person’