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Andrii Holivets



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
T12, F12

Further personal information

Kremenchuk, UKR
Athlete, Coach
Russian, Ukrainian
Higher education
Coaching, Teaching - Kharkiv National Pedagogical University: Ukraine

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
As an able-bodied athlete, he began training at age 14. He took up para-athletics in 2011 in Kremenchuk, Ukraine after a 14-year break from the sport.
Why this sport?
He followed his parents into athletics. He left sports in 1997, but returned to training in October 2011 after meeting a coach who encouraged him to take up the shot put. "I went forward like a tank. I missed sport after being away from it for 14 years."
Club / Team
Invasport: Kremenchuk, UKR
Name of coach
Victoria Kozlova [personal], UKR, from 2011; Andriy Fateev [national]

International debut

Competing for
European Championships
Stadskanaal, NED

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the shot put at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (Athlete, 22 Oct 2015)
Most influential person in career
Coach Victoria Kozlova. (Athlete, 22 Oct 2015)
Hero / Idol
Ukrainian Paralympic shot putter Vasyl Lishchynskyy. (Athlete, 22 Oct 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The important thing is not to win, but to take part." (Athlete, 22 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
He received an Order of Merit in recognition of his performance at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (, 27 Sep 2012)

He holds the title of Master of Sports of the International Class in Ukraine. (, 04 Mar 2016)
Famous relatives
His parents both competed in athletics at an elite level. (, 22 Sep 2012)
His vision gradually deteriorated as he grew older, resulting in 20% vision remaining. (, 22 Sep 2012)
Other information
He took a break from sport in 1997 due to financial issues and a hand injury. In this time he took up various jobs, such as a welder and cargo loader at a market. (, 22 Sep 2012)


Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F11/12 Final Round 2012-09-03 1
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F12 Final 1 2013-07-20 1
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F12 Final 1 2015-10-22 9