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HALKO Alexa
Sport Para athletics, Para swimming
NPC United States   
GenderWomen
Age18
Place of BirthOklahoma City, OK, USA
Height1.73 m
Weight 54 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T34, F34
Further Personal Information
Residence
Williamsburg, VA, USA
Occupation
Student
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics in 2007 at age seven with the Oklahoma Disabled Sports Association in Edmond, OK, United States of America.
Why this sport?
While visiting a farmer's market she was approached by a member of the Greater Oklahoma Disabled Sports Association, who invited her to join the organisation. Prior to starting the sport, she had never used a wheelchair before trying her first racing chair.
Club / Team
Oklahoma Adaptive Sports Association [OKASA]: Edmond, OK, USA
Name of coach
Drew Mearns, USA, from 2014
Senior International Debut
Year
2014
Competing for
United States
General Interest
Hobbies
Wheelchair basketball, swimming, art, writing. (teamusa.org, 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 28 Sep 2017)
Most influential person in career
US wheelchair racer Tatyana McFadden. (Athlete, 28 Sep 2017)
Hero / Idol
US Para triathlete Amy Palmiero-Winters. (Athlete, 28 Sep 2017)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
While competing, she wears a lucky sock that her little sister gave her for Christmas. (teamusa.org, 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"No matter how many people believe in you, nothing will change unless you believe in yourself." (Athlete, 28 Sep 2017)
Awards and honours
She was presented with the 2016 Athlete of the Year award by Sportable - Richmond Adaptive Sports and Recreation in Virginia, United States of America. (Facebook page, 01 Jan 2017)

She was named the 2016 Female High School Track Athlete of the Year by US Paralympics. (teamusa.org, 19 Oct 2016)

In 2016 she was named a US Paralympics Track and Field High School All-American in the 100m, 400m and 800m. (teamusa.org, 19 Oct 2016)

She was named the 2011 Endeavor Games Athlete of the Year in the United States of America. (edmondlifeandleisure.com, 23 Jun 2011)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (richmond.com, 16 Sep 2016)
Impairment
She has cerebral palsy. (Athlete, 28 Sep 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016 100m T34 18.81
2 2016 400m T34 1:00.79
2 2016 800m T34 2:02.08
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
2 2015 100m T34 18.55
4 2015 800m T34 2:10.23
2 2015 400m T34 1:04.20
3 2017 100m T34 18.43
2 2017 800m T34 2:03.49
2 2017 400m T34 59.93