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FARMER Declan
Sport Para ice hockey
NPC United States   
GenderMen
Age20
Place of BirthTampa, FL, USA
Height1.88 m
Weight 77 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Further Personal Information
Residence
Tampa, FL, USA
Occupation
Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Economics - Princeton University: United States
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing Para ice hockey in 2008 in Tampa, FL, United States of America.
Why this sport?
"I was just looking around for adaptive sports in the Tampa Bay area. The Tampa Bay Lightning had a sledge hockey programme and I started from there."
Club / Team
Tampa Bay Lightning [USA] / Florida Bandits [USA]:
Name of coach
Guy Gosselin [national], USA
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Forward
Senior International Debut
Year
2012
Competing for
United States
Opponent
Norway
Location
Calgary, AB, CAN
General Interest
Hobbies
Biking, weightlifting, playing video games, watching sports, listening to music. (teamusa.org, 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
US Para ice hockey player Ron Richardson. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
US Para ice hockey player Josh Pauls. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you ain't first, you're last." (cooperstrength.com, 21 Jul 2014)
Awards and honours
He was named Best Forward at the 2017 World Championships in Gangneung, Republic of Korea. (paralympic.org, 30 Jan 2018)

He was named Best Forward at the 2016 Pan Pacific Championships in Buffalo, NY, United States of America. (hockeygods.com, 02 Apr 2016)

He was named Best Male Athlete with an Impairment at the 2014 Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly [ESPY] Awards in United States of America. (paralympic.org, 13 Mar 2015)

In April 2014 he took part in the ceremonial puck drop prior to Tampa Bay Lightning's home NHL match against the Montreal Canadiens. (paralympic.org, 13 Mar 2015)

He was named Best Male Athlete at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi by the International Paralympic Committee [IPC]. (paralympic.org, 13 Mar 2015)
Famous relatives
His uncle played professional baseball, and his aunt competed in distance running at university level in the United States of America. (lightning.nhl.com, 03 Aug 2012)
Impairment
He was born with a bilateral amputation, one above the knee and one below the knee. He learned to walk on prosthetic legs at age one. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018, 06 Mar 2014; tampabay.com, 09 Apr 2010)
Other information
LEADER
He was named an alternate captain of the US national team for the 2017/18 season. (paralympic.org, 29 Oct 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 Team  
1 2018 Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Event Result
2 2013 Team  
1 2015 Team  
2 2017 Team