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Arz Zahreddine

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T64

Further personal information

Residence
Beirut, LBN
Languages
Arabic, English, French, Spanish
Higher education
Physical Education, Sport Studies - Antonine University: Baabdât, LBN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began fencing at age seven, and got involved in Para athletics at age 19 in Lebanon.
Why this sport?
He was a promising fencer when he was younger. However, he discovered that he would have to compete in a wheelchair if he wished to represent Lebanon in the sport at the Paralympic Games, so he decided to switch to athletics and compete in the 100m. "It was a personal challenge and I wanted to make a change in the sport's history."
Name of coach
Ahmed Hager, LBN

General interest

Hobbies
Dancing, writing, swimming. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
His mother, and mentor Jean Claude Bejjani. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"They said I had a disability and that I wouldn't reach my goals because of it. I used this as motivation and now they just watch me do what they once said was impossible." (lebanoninapicture.com, 23 Mar 2017)
Other sports
He competed in able-bodied fencing at the 2017 World Junior Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. (SportsDeskOnline, 09 Jun 2020; Track and Field Society Facebook page, 02 Oct 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019; lb.grandcinemasme.com, 01 Aug 2019)
Impairment
He lost his right leg at age three in a car accident. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019; lb.grandcinemasme.com, 01 Aug 2019)
Other information
EARLY DAYS
He worked with a psychologist as a child because he struggled to accept his impairment. "I was growing up without a leg, and I started asking myself why. Why was I not like the other kids? It was a very bitter feeling. I went to a psychologist but I couldn't speak up because I wasn't at ease. Sport was my only getaway. It helped me ease my pain and overcome difficulties. I was able to walk, play, and enjoy my time like everyone else." (Track and Field Society Facebook page, 02 Oct 2018)