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GRIMALDI Anna
Sport Athletics, Para athletics
NPC New Zealand   
GenderWomen
Age21
Place of BirthDunedin, NZL
Height1.67 m
Weight 51 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T47, F46
Further Personal Information
Residence
Dunedin, NZL
Occupation
Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Surveying - Otago Polytechnic: Dunedin, NZL
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up athletics in September 2013 in Dunedin, New Zealand.
Why this sport?
In 2013 she attended a camp for athletes with an impairment in Dunedin, New Zealand. "I was pretty reluctant to go. I thought I was going to be shocking. It was scary going there. I felt kind of out of place, like a complete newbie. They all had some form of training and knew what they were doing, but I wasn't as terrible as I first thought."
Club / Team
Athletics Taieri: New Zealand
Name of coach
Brent Ward [personal], NZL, from 2013
Training Regime
She trains six days per week, consisting of eight or nine training sessions.
Senior International Debut
Year
2015
Competing for
New Zealand
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Doha, QAT
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Give 100% every time you are on the track." (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
She was named Junior Sportswoman of the Year at the 2017 Otago Sports Awards in New Zealand. (sportotago.co.nz, May 2017)

In 2017 she was named Para Athlete of the Year, Senior Summer Athlete of the Year and Otago Athlete of the Year at the Athletics Otago Awards in New Zealand. (odt.co.nz, 04 May 2017)

She was named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit [MNZM] in the 2017 New Year's Honours list for services to athletics. (odt.co.nz, 31 Dec 2016)
Impairment
She was born without a right hand because of congenital limb reduction. (nzherald.co.nz, 07 Sep 2015; stuff.co.nz, 04 Sep 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
1 2016 Long Jump T47 5.62
4 2016 100m T47 12.96
Round 1 2016 200m T47  DSQ
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
3 2015 Long Jump T47 5.41
5 2015 200m T47 26.73
Heats 2015 100m T47 13.34
8 2017 200m T47 26.77
4 2017 Long Jump T47 5.21