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Alister McQueen

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T64, F64

Further personal information

Residence
Calgary, AB, CAN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics at age 16 in high school in Calgary, AB, Canada.
Why this sport?
He went along to an athletics training session to spend time with his friends. “I wanted to do that because my friends were doing that. So I wanted to spend more time with my friends.” He later joined a track and field camp of Athletics Canada. “When I got in the track I didn't really know what events I wanted to do. I threw some javelins because I was kind of built more for throwing."
Club / Team
Calgary Track and Field [CALTAF]: Canada
Name of coach
Kim Cousins [club], CAN, from 2014

International debut

Year
2011
Competing for
Canada
Tournament
Parapan American Games
Location
Guadalajara, MEX

General interest

Hobbies
Golf, ice hockey, baseball, playing video games. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the F44 javelin at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019; SportsDeskOnline, 15 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
His family, and coach Kim Cousins. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017, 11 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Canadian ice hockey player Jarome Iginla. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He listens to one song on repeat the day of his competition. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Learn from your mistakes and failures." (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Awards and honours
He was named 2016 Male Athlete of the Year in Alberta, Canada. (thecragandcanyon.ca, 03 May 2017)

He was named 2009 Outstanding Para Athlete of the Year by Athletics Canada. (athletics.ca, 26 Oct 2009)
Other sports
He has won two world titles with the Canadian standing amputee ice hockey team. (paralympic.ca, Sep 2016; Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Ambitions
To win a Paralympic gold medal. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Impairment
His left leg was amputated below the knee at age nine months due to a congenital birth condition. (paralympic.ca, 2016; Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Other information
COACH
He has worked as an ice hockey coach in Calgary, AB, Canada. "I want to pass to the kids all the lessons that my previous coaches taught me. Para sports have done so much for me. If I'm trying to introduce them to as many people as possible, I wish someone can be shown the way just to know that there are opportunities there. As much time as I can spend, I want to be around young kids, to show them, whether they are able-bodied or not, just to show them these are the opportunities that you can create for yourself." (enriquepoe.com, 09 Oct 2018)

DOCUMENTARY
His sporting career was featured in the documentary 'Rare Mettle', produced and directed by Corey Lee in 2018 in Canada. (enriquepoe.com, 09 Oct 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T44 Heat 1 2012-09-01 3
Men's Javelin F44 Final Round 2012-09-02 7
Men's 100 m T44 Heat 3 2012-09-05 3
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T44 Semifinal 2 2013-07-20 7
Men's 200 m T44 Final 1 2013-07-21 6
Men's 100 m T44 Semifinal 2 2013-07-22 7
Men's 100 m T44 Final 1 2013-07-23 7
Men's Javelin F44 Final 1 2013-07-24 5
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F44 Final 1 2015-10-30 14
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F44 Final Round 2016-09-09 2
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F44 Final 1 2017-07-18 3