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KIRWA Henry
Sport Para athletics
NPC Kenya   
GenderMen
Age45
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
T12, F12
Further Personal Information
Residence
Kenya
Occupation
Farmer
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 1997.
Why this sport?
He followed his brothers into the sport.
Name of coach
Ruth Chumo [national], KEN
Training Regime
He trains seven days a week.
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning three gold medals at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 08 Sep 2016)
Most influential person in career
Coach Ruth Chumo. (Athlete, 08 Sep 2016)
Hero / Idol
Kenyan distance runners Paul Tergat and Kipchoge Keino. (Athlete, 08 Sep 2016)
Awards and honours
He was Kenya's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (myinfo.rio2016.com, 06 Sep 2016)

He was named the 2009 United Nations in Kenya Person of the Year. (ke.unp.org, 26 Oct 2009)
Famous relatives
His two brothers have competed in athletics at the World Military Games. (Athlete, 08 Sep 2016)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2009 he was appointed as a UN Development Programme [UNDP] advocate. The scheme is designed to encourage governments to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. "I want to thank UNDP for this initiative because it's high time we recognised people with disabilities because they are also human." (standardmedia.co.ke, 30 Mar 2015; peopledaily.com.cn, 15 Oct 2009)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2008 5000m T13 14:24.02
1 2008 1500m T13 4:06.11
1 2008 10000m T12 31:42.97
3 2012 5000m T12 14:20.76
5 2012 1500m T13 3:53.55
3 2016 1500m T13 3:49.59
1 2016 5000m T13 14:17.32
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2011 1500m T12 4:02.07
  2011 4 x 100m Relay T11-13  DSQ
2 2011 5000m T12 14:41.80
  2013 5000m T12  DNS
  2017 5000m T13  DNS