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Adrien Turkawka

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital

Further personal information

Residence
France
Languages
French, Italian
Higher education
Graphic Design - LVB2 Agence Ecole: Paris, FRA

Sport specific information

Club / Team
Racing Club de France Issy Avia: Issy-les-Moulineaux, FRA

General interest

Hobbies
Go kart racing. (Facebook profile, 10 May 2016)
Hero / Idol
French go kart racer Anthony Abbasse and French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi. (leparisien.fr, 11 Aug 2015)
Other sports
He has competed in go kart racing at national level in France. In 2015, he won the first ever French national go kart title in the newly created race category for people with impairments. (letelegramme.fr, 17 Aug 2015)
Impairment
He was born with a motor impairment that affects the right side of his body. (leparisien.fr, 11 Aug 2015)
Other information
KART RACING
He has been a passionate go kart racer since age nine. He drives a specially adapted kart with a throttle installed on the steering wheel, and a brake pedal on his left foot side. "Racing helps me to forget about my impairment, to clear my mind." In 2015 the French Federation of Automobile Sports [FFSA] held the first national championship for go kart racers with physical impairments, which he won. He also competes in able-bodied races, and has taken part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans karting race. (letelegramme.fr, 17 Aug 2015; kartmag.fr, 16 Mar 2016; leparisien.fr, 17 Apr 2016)

ASSOCIATION
He and his father, Jean Jacques, created the association 'Adrikart' which aims to introduce go kart racing to people living with an impairment. "Kart racing helps people to see that with or without an impairment it is still possible to fulfil your dreams." (leparisien.fr, 11 Aug 2015)