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DIETZ Sebastian
Sport Para athletics
NPC Germany   
GenderMen
Age33
Place of BirthWorms, FRG
Height1.84 m
Weight 89 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F36
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Sophie
Residence
Hüllhorst, GER
Occupation
Coach, Motivational Speaker
Languages
German, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics in 2005 at the TV Wattenscheid 01 club in Germany.
Why this sport?
After his car accident, he was encouraged to re-engage with sports by German Paralympian Wojtek Czyz.
Club / Team
BSG Bad Oeynhausen: Germany
Name of coach
Alexander Holstein [personal], GER, from 2010; Willi Gernemann [national]
Senior International Debut
Year
2006
Competing for
Germany
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Assen, NED
General Interest
Hobbies
Football. (dietzsebastian.de, 17 Jun 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the Paralympic Games in 2012 and 2016. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
His wife Sophie. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
German Para sprinter Wojtek Czyz. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up and always stay strong." (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2017 Sportsman of the Year in Bad Oeynhausen, Germany. (westfalen-blatt.de, 16 Mar 2018)

In 2017 he was presented the Goldener Apfel [Golden Apple] by the Wirtschaftsclub [Business club] Bad Oeynhausen, Germany. (westfalen-blatt.de, 29 Nov 2017)

He was presented the Honorary Award at the 2016 Sports Gala in Herford, Germany. (nw.de, 23 Jan 2016)

In 2016 he received the Silbernes Lorbeerblatt [Silver Laurel Leaf] in Berlin, Germany, for his achievements at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (nw.de, 03 Nov 2016)

He was named the 2015 and 2017 Sportsman of the Year by the BSG Bad Oeynhausen club in Germany. (nw.de, 18 Apr 2018; bsg-badoeynhausen.de, 12 Mar 2016)

He received the 2012 Sportsman of the Year Award in Herford, Germany. (dietzsebastian.de, 18 Jan 2013)

He was named Athlete of the Year on four occasions between 2005 and 2010 in Bochum, Germany. (Athlete, 10 Feb 2011)
Other sports
He is a former amateur football player for VFL Neustadt in Germany. In 2012 he began coaching the women's football team SC Enger. (Facebook profile, 14 May 2017; dietzsebastian.de, 18 Jan 2013; reviersport.de, 16 Nov 2010)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (Facebook page, 03 Aug 2018)
Impairment
He has incomplete quadriplegia as the result of a car accident in 2004, in which a family friend died. He was told that he would never walk again by doctors, but proved them wrong through his rehabilitation programme. (deutsche-paralympische-mannschaft.de, 2015; reviersport.de, 16 Nov 2010)
Other information
GOLD MEDAL PROPOSAL
He proposed to his partner Sophie at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, shortly after winning gold in the F36 shot put. (spiegel.de, 17 Sep 2016)

COACHING HIATUS
In 2007 he took a break from athletics because he felt that there was a lack of team spirit in the disciplines he was competing in. He was also disappointed by his performance at the 2006 World Championships in Assen, Netherlands, and that he had lost his place on the German team. He devoted his time away from athletics to football, and began to train youth players in the German C and D categories. He returned to athletics in 2009 to compete at the German national championships. (dietzsebastian.de, 18 Jan 2013; reviersport.de, 16 Nov 2010)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2012 Discus Throw F35/36 38.54
1 2016 Shot Put F36 14.84
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2006 Shot Put F35 12.21
6 2006 Discus Throw F35 37.28
4 2011 Shot Put F35-36 12.91
5 2011 Discus Throw F35/36 37.38
1 2013 Discus Throw F35/36 42.18
2 2013 Shot Put F36 13.17
1 2015 Shot Put F36 14.87
1 2017 Shot Put F36 15.28
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014 Shot Put F36 13.29
2 2016 Shot Put F36 14.63
1 2018 Shot Put F36 15.28