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GENYN Peter
Sport Para athletics, Wheelchair Rugby
NPC Belgium   
GenderMen
Age42
Place of BirthBrasschaat, BEL
Height1.95 m
Weight 69 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T51
Further Personal Information
Residence
Nieuwmoer, BEL
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Dutch, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up wheelchair rugby in 1993 and switched to Para athletics in 2013.
Why this sport?
He played wheelchair rugby until November 2013, but had to stop after he broke his leg. He then began focusing on athletics. "I was always the fastest in rugby, so sprinting was a good alternative."
Club / Team
Wapper VZW: Wommelgem, BEL
Name of coach
Mieke Van Thuyne, BEL
Senior International Debut
Year
2014
Competing for
Belgium
Tournament
Grand Prix
Location
Nottwil, SUI
General Interest
Nicknames
Junior (canadacupwcrugby.com, 23 Jun 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the T51 100m and 400m at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 19 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Injuries
In July 2018 he required surgery after dislocating his hip. He recovered in time to compete at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (nieuwsblad.be, 22 Dec 2018; paralympic.org, 18 Dec 2018; Facebook page, 24 Jul 2018)

In 2012 he broke his leg after he fell out of his wheelchair trying to avoid hitting a bicycle. He was advised it was too dangerous to play wheelchair rugby after the injury. (rtbf.be, 22 Dec 2018; paralympic.org, 18 Aug 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Do everything to win, but keep it fair." (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
In 2017 and 2018 he was named Paralympic Athlete of the Year at the Sports Gala in Belgium. (rtbf.be, 22 Dec 2018; gva.be, 20 Dec 2017; Twitter profile, 17 Dec 2017)

He was received the 2016 Paralympic Athlete of the Year award in Brasschaat, Belgium. (hln.be, 30 Mar 2017)

He was presented with the 2016 Trofee Victor Boin [Victor Boin Trophy] in Belgium. (sporza.be, 13 Jan 2017)

He was flag bearer for Belgium at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (sporza.be, 19 Sep 2016)

He was named the 2014 G-Athlete of the Year at the Antwerp Provincial Sports Awards in Belgium. (gva.be, 18 Dec 2014)

He was named the Top 1.5 Player at the 2013 Wheelchair Rugby Challenge in Denmark. (paralympic.org, 2013)
Other sports
He played wheelchair rugby for Belgium at the Paralympic Games in 2004 and 2012. (SportsDeskOnline, 09 Sep 2012)
Ambitions
To retain his Paralympic titles in the T51 100m and 400m at the 2020 Games in Tokyo. (atni.be, 24 Jun 2018)
Impairment
At age 16 he dived into shallow water and broke his neck. His injuries resulted in tetraplegia. (rtbf.be, 22 Dec 2018; itmove.be, 01 Jan 2016; Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Other information
HIGHER EDUCATION
He has a degree in computer graphics. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Wheelchair Rugby
Rank Year Event Result
7 2012 Team  
World Championships - Wheelchair Rugby
Rank Year Event Result
8 2006 Team  
7 2010 Team  
European Championships - Wheelchair Rugby
Rank Year Event Result
5 2013 Team  
Paralympic Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
1 2016 100m T51 21.15
1 2016 400m T51 1:20.82
World Championships (Overall) - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
1 2015 100m T51 20.93
1 2015 400m T51 1:22.66
1 2017 400m T51 1:21.63
1 2017 100m T51 21.10
European Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014 400m T51 1:36.07
2 2014 100m T51 24.34
1 2016 100m T51 20.78
1 2016 400m T51 1:18.09
1 2018 100m T51 22.82
1 2018 200m T51 42.26