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Alphanso Cunningham

Alphanso Cunningham

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T53, F53

Further personal information

Family
One daughter
Residence
Kingston, JAM
Occupation
Technician
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 1999 in Kingston, Jamaica.
Why this sport?
He was encouraged to take up throwing disciplines by coach Neville Sinclair. He also saw the sport as a way to travel.
Name of coach
Neville Sinclair [national], JAM

International debut

Year
2003
Competing for
Jamaica

General interest

Hobbies
Basketball. (jamaicaobserver.com, 03 Oct 2019)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Stay true to myself. Stay positive." (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
He received a sporting achievement award from the RJR Sports Foundation in recognition of his performance at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (jamaicaobserver.com, 15 Jan 2016)

In 2014 he received the Order of Distinction in Jamaica. (jamaicaobserver.com, 09 Jan 2019)

In 2012, 2013 and 2014 he was named Athlete of the Year in Para Sports by the RJR Sports Foundation in Jamaica. (jamaicaobserver.com, 09 Jan 2019)

He was named Most Outstanding Male Athlete with an Impairment at the 2012 Commonwealth Sports Awards. (paralympic.org, 31 Oct 2012)

He was presented with the Jamaican Prime Minister's Award for Excellence in Sports in 2004. (jamaicaobserver.com, 09 Jan 2019)
Other sports
He has competed in wheelchair road races in Jamaica. (jamaicaobserver.com, 02 Feb 2016)
Impairment
He was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, a congenital condition characterised by brittle bones. (jis.gov, 03 Jan 2017; Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He works as an orthopaedic technician. (jamaicaobserver.com, 03 Oct 2019; Facebook profile, 27 Feb 2021)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F53/54 Final Round 4
Men's Javelin F53/54 Final Round 11
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F52/53 Final Round 2012-09-04 1
Men's Discus Throw F51-53 Final Round 2012-09-06 4
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F51-53 Final 1 2013-07-22 4
Men's Javelin F52/53 Final 1 2013-07-26 1
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F54 Final 1 2015-10-25 6
Men's Shot Put F53 Final 1 2015-10-29 7
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F54 Final Round 2016-09-09 5
Men's Shot Put F53 Final Round 2016-09-14 10
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F53 Final 1 2017-07-21 8
Men's Javelin F54 Final 1 2017-07-23 7