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YOUNG Deja
Sport Para athletics
NPC United States   
GenderWomen
Age22
Place of BirthDallas, TX, USA
Height1.71 m
Weight 79 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired range of motion
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T46
Further Personal Information
Residence
Wichita, KS, USA
Occupation
Student
Languages
English, Spanish
Higher education
Social Work Studies - Wichita State University: United States
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up track as a freshman in high school. "I have been running for years but I didn't discover para-track until I was asked at one of my college meets."
Why this sport?
"Because the para-track community was so inviting and it allowed me to not only travel but to find myself."
Club / Team
Wichita State University: United States
Name of coach
Joaquim Cruz, BRA, from 2017
Senior International Debut
Year
2015
Competing for
United States
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Doha, QAT
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning the T47 200m at the 2017 World Championships in London, England. (Athlete, 20 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
US sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner. (Athlete, 20 Jul 2017)
Injuries
Injuries sustained in a car accident hampered her training in the build-up to the 2017 World Championships in London, England. (Athlete, 20 Jul 2017)

In May 2015 she separated her right shoulder after throwing a backpack over a fence. (kansas.com, 10 Jun 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You are the only person that can stop you." (Athlete, 20 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
She received All-American honours during her freshman year at Wichita State University. (goshockers.com, 09 Sep 2016)
Other sports
She also competed in volleyball and softball while at high school. (kansas.com, 06 Sep 2016)
Impairment
She was born with shoulder dystocia, the result of a doctor pulling on her head too hard during delivery, which caused nerve damage in her right shoulder, limiting her arm movement. (teamusa.org, 19 Sep 2016; kansas.com, 10 Jun 2015; dallasobserver.com, 14 Oct 2016)
Other information
TATTOO
She has a small tattoo on her wrist that says 'just keep going'. She got it after struggling with depression and she felt that she needed the daily reminder. (dallasobserver.com, 14 Oct 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
1 2016 100m T47 12.15
1 2016 200m T47 25.46
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
2 2015 200m T47 25.53
1 2015 100m T47 12.69
1 2017 200m T47 25.10
1 2017 100m T47 12.39