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ZAQOUT Khamis
Sport Para athletics
NPC Palestine   
GenderMen
Age52
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F55
Further Personal Information
Family
Nine children
Residence
Palestine
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 1994.
Why this sport?
He was motivated by ambition and the need to overcome his impairment.
Training Regime
He trains in a park in Gaza City.
General Interest
Impairment
He has used a wheelchair since an accident on a building site in Israel in the early 1990s. (reuters.com, 15 Aug 2012)
Other information
CHANGING PERCEPTIONS
He believes the culture in Palestine is such that athletes with an impairment are not understood or included, but he hoped that the 2012 Paralympic Games would help change that. "Even the small group of disabled athletes in Gaza can be an example to other disabled people, that we can come out and be successful. We’re changing the concept of being disabled. We’re showing that an accident or disability is not the end of the world. Wake up and become self-sufficient." (palestinianmissionuk.com, 10 Aug 2012)

DOCUMENTARY
He was the focus of a documentary produced by British TV station Channel 4 that featured Paralympic athletes in Gaza. (channel4.com, 15 Nov 2011)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
4 2012 Shot Put F54-56 11.30
12 2012 Discus Throw F54/55/56 29.41
11 2012 Javelin Throw F54/55/56 22.39
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 1998 Shot Put F56 9.94
2 1998 Discus Throw F56 34.05
4 1998 Javelin Throw F56 27.13