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Apostolos Charitonidis



Impairment information

Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Athlete, Student
English, Greek
Higher education
Engineering - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki: Greece

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began practising Para sports at age 26. He competed in Para swimming before switching to Para athletics.
Why this sport?
He was keen on sports prior to his bone marrow transplant. "I was struggling as a volleyball head coach in Ampelokipi, Greece, when I was diagnosed with leukaemia. 'I'll be back', I said to myself over and over again. A year after the transplant, I began to work out."

General interest

Sporting philosophy / motto
"In life, the winner is the one who is fighting for it." (Facebook page, 08 Sep 2019)
Other sports
He has represented Greece in Para swimming, and won gold in the 50m butterfly at 2013 World Transplant Games in Durban, South Africa. (Facebook page, 08 Sep 2019;, 2016)
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 09 Jun 2019)
He was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in 2006, and underwent a bone marrow transplant a year later. (Facebook page, 08 Sep 2019)
Other information
He serves as an ambassador for the Association of Friends of Children with Cancer [ELPIDA] in Greece. "I think I have a moral obligation to identify all my athletic successes with one purpose. Wherever I read about leukaemia, they were all about pain, sadness, misery, death. I want to become a living example for every sick child and for every patient. My identification with the children is the motivation to urge people to become aware of the voluntary bone marrow donation. Being an ambassador of ELPIDA is part of my struggle and reinforces my desire to set greater athletic goals." (, 09 Jun 2019;, 20 May 2019)

As an ex-volleyball player, he dedicated his gold medal in discus from the 2017 World Transplant Games in Malaga, Spain, to the late Greek volleyball player Nikos Samaras who passed away after suffering a brain aneurysm in 2013. In October 2017 he presented the medal to the mayor of Orestiada, the hometown of Samaras. (, 31 Oct 2017;, 29 Oct 2017;, 27 Oct 2017)