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KAPPEL Niko
Sport Para athletics
NPC Germany   
GenderMen
Age23
Place of BirthGmünd, GER
Height1.40 m
Weight 69 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T41, F41
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Luisa Holzwarth
Residence
Welzheim, GER
Occupation
Bank Employee, Clerk
Languages
German, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2008 in Stuttgart, Germany.
Why this sport?
He was inspired by German Para athlete Mathias Mester, who won a silver medal at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. "I tried a lot of different sports and found that athletics is what I like the most."
Club / Team
VfL Sindelfingen: Germany
Name of coach
Peter Salzer [club]; Willi Gernemann [national]
Training Regime
He trains four times a week.
Senior International Debut
Year
2015
Competing for
Germany
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Doha, QAT
General Interest
Nicknames
Bonsai ["Like the plant, because I am a small man and have so much strength for a small man"]. (swr.de, 29 Dec 2016)
Hobbies
Football. (niko-kappel.de, 10 Sep 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
His parents, and coach Peter Salzer. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
German Para shot putter Matthias Mester. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Perfect action brings perfect results." (Athlete, 04 Apr 2011)
Awards and honours
In 2016 he received the Silberne Lorbeerblatt [Silver Laurel Leaf] in recognition of his performance at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (swr.de, 29 Dec 2016)

He was presented with the Para Athlete of the Year Award in 2016 and 2017 by the National Paralympic Committee of Germany. (leichtathletik.de, 26 Nov 2017; paralympic.org, 29 Nov 2016)

He was named the Athlete of the Year in 2010, 2011 and 2012 by the TSF Welzheim club in Germany. (tsfwelzheim.de, 2013; wbrs-online.net, 26 Mar 2012; zvw.de, 21 Mar 2011)
Impairment
He is a person of short stature. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as a member of the municipal council of Welzheim for the Christian Democratic Union of Germany [CDU] party. (zvw.de, 29 Jul 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2016 Shot Put F41 13.57
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2015 Shot Put F41 12.85
8 2015 Javelin Throw F41 33.21
1 2017 Shot Put F41 13.81
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2016 Shot Put F40/41 13.23
5 2016 Javelin Throw F40/41 33.75
2 2018 Shot Put F41 12.60