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Anna Grimaldi

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T47, F46

Further personal information

Residence
Dunedin, NZL
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Surveying - Otago Polytechnic: Dunedin, NZL

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up athletics at age 16 in Dunedin, New Zealand.
Why this sport?
In 2013 she attended a camp for athletes with an impairment in Dunedin, New Zealand. "I was pretty reluctant to go. I thought I was going to be shocking. It was scary going there. I felt kind of out of place, like a complete newbie. They all had some form of training and knew what they were doing, but I wasn't as terrible as I first thought."
Club / Team
Hill City-University: Dunedin, NZL
Name of coach
Brent Ward [personal], NZL, from 2013

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
New Zealand
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Doha, QAT

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the women's T47 long jump at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Brent Ward. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Her sister Abby. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Injuries
She began experiencing problems with her left foot in January 2017, and as a result of the injury had to pull out of the 100m and 200m at the 2017 World Championships in London, England. She was diagnosed with a stress fracture following the tournament, and was unable to compete until December 2018. (odt.co.nz, 12 Dec 2018, 07 Apr 2018; athletics.org.nz, 05 Dec 2018)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She listens to music before an event. (athletics.org.nz, 05 Dec 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Give 100% every time you are on the track." (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
She was named Junior Sportswoman of the Year at the 2017 Otago Sports Awards in New Zealand. (sportotago.co.nz, 01 May 2017)

In 2017 she was named Para Athlete of the Year, Senior Summer Athlete of the Year and Otago Athlete of the Year at the Athletics Otago Awards in New Zealand. (odt.co.nz, 04 May 2017)

She was named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit [MNZM] in the 2017 New Year's Honours list in recognition of her services to athletics. (odt.co.nz, 31 Dec 2016)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (odt.co.nz, 07 Apr 2018; nzherald.co.nz, 25 Aug 2019; newsroom.co.nz, 06 Nov 2019)
Impairment
She was born without her right hand due to congenital limb reduction. (nzherald.co.nz, 07 Sep 2015; stuff.co.nz, 04 Sep 2014)
Other information
PROSTHESIS
In 2018 she began using a new attachment for her right arm, which was provided by High Performance Sport New Zealand. The prosthesis is designed to balance out the weight in her upper body, as the left side of her body is naturally heavier because she was born without her right hand. "Athletics is a sport of symmetry and I'm not symmetrical, so I thought I should try to even that out a bit. It's been difficult getting used to it. It was difficult at the start, but now it feels kind of natural. Your legs follow what your arms do and to not have that weight and momentum from my right arm may impact [my performance]. It's definitely feeling like it will be helpful and it's helping with the mechanics of running now." (odt.co.nz, 12 Dec 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Long Jump T47 Final 1 2015-10-23 3
Women's 200 m T47 Heat 2 2015-10-27 6
Women's 200 m T47 Final 1 2015-10-28 5
Women's 100 m T47 Heat 1 2015-10-29 13
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Long Jump T47 Final Round 2016-09-08 1
Women's 100 m T47 Heat 2 2016-09-10 4
Women's 100 m T47 Final Round 2016-09-11 4
Women's 200 m T47 Heat 2 2016-09-15 9999
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T47 Heat 1 2017-07-14 7
Women's Long Jump T47 Final 1 2017-07-23 4