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Ari Gesini

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T38

Further personal information

Residence
Canberra, ACT, AUS
Languages
English, French, Italian

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics at age five in Canberra, ACT, Australia.
Why this sport?
He took up sports to aid his coordination and mobility. He was inspired to begin Para athletics after learning about the Paralympic Games. "I have done so much research on all the different Games, athletes, classes, everything."
Club / Team
ACT Para Athletics Talent Squad: Canberra, ACT, AUS
Name of coach
Sebastian Kuzminski

International debut

Year
2019
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Dubai, UAE

General interest

Nicknames
Gezza, Baby Giraffe (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hobbies
Walking his dog, cycling. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in men's T35-38 long jump at the 2017 World Junior Championships in Nottwil, Switzerland. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
His first athletics coach Chris Timpson, South African long jumper Luvo Manyonga. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Can someone show me to the nearest sandpit?" (Instagram profile, 11 May 2020)
Awards and honours
He was named 2014/15 Youth Para Athlete of the Season by Athletics ACT in Australia. (athleticsact.org.au, 21 May 2016)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Impairment
He was diagnosed with left-sided hemiplegic cerebral palsy at age three. (paralympic.org.au, 01 Jan 2018; ACT Para-Athletics Talent Squad Facebook page, 25 Jul 2017)
Other information
SCHOLARSHIP
In October 2020 he became a recipient of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame [SAHOF] Scholarship and Mentoring Programme. He will be paired with SAHOF member and Australian rugby player George Gregan as his mentor. "It came as a big surprise and I couldn't be more grateful to be a part of this programme. The SAHOF scholarship has provided me with a once in lifetime opportunity to talk to a sporting legend, George Gregan, one on one, something I'll never forget. Over the next 12 months I hope to learn as much as I possibly can from George and to gain new wisdom and skills that will help me for the rest of my life." (ais.gov.au, 14 Oct 2020; Instagram profile, 14 Oct 2020; sahof.org.au, 17 Sep 2020)