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KENZIE Deon
Sport Para athletics
NPC Australia   
GenderMen
Age22
Place of BirthDevonport, AUS
Height1.83 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T38, F38
Further Personal Information
Residence
Forth, TAS, AUS
Occupation
Business Owner, Personal Trainer, Student
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began running at age 12.
Why this sport?
He played Australian rules football at school and took up running as a way to improve his fitness. Athletics coach Mike Gunson suggested he switch sports and focus on sprinting.
Club / Team
North West Athletics Club : Burnie, TAS, AUS
Name of coach
Mike Gunson [personal], AUS
Training Regime
He trains seven times per week.
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Lyon, FRA
General Interest
Nicknames
Kenz [coach Mike Gunson gave him the name due to it being easier to shout than Deon]. (paralympic.org.au, 2016)
Hobbies
Reading, spending time with friends, going to the cinema. (athletics.com.au, 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2013 World Championships in Lyon, France. (paralympic.org.au, 2016)
Hero / Idol
US long distance runner Steve Prefontaine, Australian middle distance runner Nicole Perry. (paralympic.org.au, 2016)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
His pre-competition routine involves warming up one hour beforehand, listening to the song 'Best of You' by US band Foo Fighters, and beating his chest or hands together. (paralympic.org.au, 2016)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2016/17 Tasmanian Para Athlete of the Year in Australia. (examiner.com.au, 28 May 2017)

He was voted the U18 Athlete of the Year in 2014 by Athletics Tasmania. (theadvocate.com.au, 14 Dec 2014)

He was named the Best Male Athlete at the 2013 Advocate Junior Sports Awards in Burnie, TAS, Australia. (theadvocate.com.au, 14 Dec 2014)
Other sports
He has participated in able-bodied athletics competitions at national level. (themercury.com.au, 16 May 2015)
Impairment
He has cerebral palsy which affects the right side of his body. (abc.net.au, 08 Jul 2015)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He owns a running clothing brand named Znek. He also works as a health and lifestyle consultant at Essential Personal Training in Devonport, TAS, Australia. (Facebook profile, 2017)

GAP YEAR
In 2015 he took a break from his studies to focus on his running. (themercury.com.au, 16 May 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2016 1500m T38 4:14.95
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2013 1500m T38 4:14.21
7 2015 800m T38 2:11.58
3 2015 1500m T38 4:11.60
2 2017 800m T38 2:02.15
1 2017 1500m T38 4:06.68