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MALONE Liam
Sport Para athletics
NPC New Zealand   
GenderMen
Age24
Place of BirthNelson, NZL
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T62
Further Personal Information
Residence
Auckland, NZL
Languages
English
Higher education
International Business, Marketing - Victoria University of Wellington: New Zealand
Sport Specific Information
Club / Team
Tasman Athletics Club: Australia
General Interest
Nicknames
Blade Runner (NZ Run, 29 Mar 2014)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian Para sprinter Alan Oliveira. (NZ Run, 29 Mar 2014)
Injuries
A leg injury ruled him out of competing at the 2017 World Championships in London, England. (insidethegames.biz, 25 Apr 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2017 he was named Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit [MNZM] in recognition of his services to athletics. (stuff.co.nz, 31 Dec 2016)

He was named the 2016 Sportsperson with an Impairment of the Year at the 2017 Halberg Awards in New Zealand. (paralympic.org, 10 Feb 2017)

He was named Sportsperson of the Year and Sportsman of the Year at the 2016 Nelson Sports Awards in New Zealand. (stuff.co.nz, 25 Nov 2016)

He was named 2016 Man of the Year by New Zealander magazine M2. (paralympic.org, 11 Nov 2016)

In October 2016 he received the key to the city of Nelson, New Zealand, in recognition of his performance at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (stuff.co.nz, 08 Oct 2016)
Impairment
He was born with fibular hemimelia [part or all of the fibula bone missing] in both legs. At age 18 months both his legs were amputated below the knee. (stuff.co.nz, 04 Sep 2016)
Other information
PATH TO BLADES
He was a promising sprinter as a teenager, even travelling to Australia as a junior Paralympian at age 14. However, his mother was diagnosed with cancer so he gave up competitive sprinting in order to assist her. She passed away in 2012, and Malone returned to athletics the following year. His training was initially restricted by his prosthetic limbs, which were not suitable for competitive sprinting. After appearing on the New Zealand television programme '3rd Degree' in September 2013, he was able to gain enough sponsorship to purchase a pair of 20,000 New Zealand dollars carbon-fibre blades that increased his speed. (canterbury.ac.nz, 16 Sep 2013; stuff.co.nz, 11 Sep 2013)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In July 2017 he was named a member of the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] athletes advisory group for Para athletics. (paralympic.org, 28 Jul 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
2 2016 100m T44 11.02
1 2016 200m T44 21.06
1 2016 400m T44 46.20
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
6 2015 200m T44 22.90
5 2015 100m T44 11.42