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GENIJN Peter
Sport Para athletics, Wheelchair Rugby
NPC Belgium   
GenderMen
Age41
Place of BirthBrasschaat, BEL
Height1.95 m
Weight 72 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T51
Further Personal Information
Residence
Nieuwmoer, BEL
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Dutch, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up wheelchair rugby in 1993 and switched to Para athletics in 2013.
Why this sport?
He played wheelchair rugby until November 2013, but had to stop after he broke his leg. He began focusing solely on athletics. "I was always the fastest in rugby, so sprinting was a good alternative."
Club / Team
Wapper VZW: Wommelgem, BEL
Name of coach
Mieke Van Thuyne, BEL
Senior International Debut
Year
2014
Competing for
Belgium
Tournament
Grand Prix
Location
Nottwil, SUI
General Interest
Nicknames
Junior (canadacupwcrugby.com, 23 Jun 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 100m and 400m at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 19 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Injuries
In July 2018 he suffered from a hip injury. (Facebook page, 24 Jul 2018)

In 2013 he suffered a broken leg after he fell out of his wheelchair trying to avoid hitting a bicycle. He was advised it was too dangerous to play wheelchair rugby after the injury. (paralympic.org, 18 Aug 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Do everything to win, but keep it fair." (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
He was named Paralympic Athlete of the Year at the 2017 Sports Gala in Belgium. (gva.be, 20 Dec 2017; Twitter profile, 17 Dec 2017)

He was received the 2016 Paralympic Athlete of the Year award in Brasschaat, Belgium. (hln.be, 30 Mar 2017)

He was presented with the 2016 Trofee Victor Boin [Victor Boin Trophy] in Belgium. (sporza.be, 13 Jan 2017)

He received the 2016 Vlaams Sportjuweel [Flemish Sports Jewel], presented by the Flemish government annually to the athlete who has delivered a remarkable and exceptional sporting performance. (paralympic.org, 19 Dec 2016)

He was Belgium's flag bearer during the closing ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (sporza.be, 19 Sep 2016)

He was named 2014 G-Athlete of the Year at the Antwerp Provincial Sports Awards in Belgium. (gva.be, 18 Dec 2014)

He was named the Top 1.5 Player at the 2013 Wheelchair Rugby Challenge in Denmark. (paralympic.org, 2013)
Other sports
He played wheelchair rugby for Belgium at the Paralympic Games in 2004 and 2012. (SportsDeskOnline, 09 Sep 2012)
Ambitions
To retain his Paralympic titles in the 100m and 400m at the 2020 Games in Tokyo. (atni.be, 24 Jun 2018)
Impairment
He jumped into a shallow pond and broke his neck at age 16, which resulted in tetraplegia. (itmove.be, 01 Jan 2016; Athlete, 23 Oct 2015; gva.be, 23 Aug 2014)
Other information
HIGHER EDUCATION
He has a degree in computer graphics. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Wheelchair Rugby
Rank Year Event Result
7 2012 Team  
World Championships - Wheelchair Rugby
Rank Year Event Result
8 2006 Team  
7 2010 Team  
European Championships - Wheelchair Rugby
Rank Year Event Result
5 2013 Team  
Paralympic Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
1 2016 100m T51 21.15
1 2016 400m T51 1:20.82
World Championships (Overall) - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
1 2015 100m T51 20.93
1 2015 400m T51 1:22.66
1 2017 400m T51 1:21.63
1 2017 100m T51 21.10
European Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014 400m T51 1:36.07
2 2014 100m T51 24.34
1 2016 100m T51 20.78
1 2016 400m T51 1:18.09
1 2018 100m T51 22.82
1 2018 200m T51 42.26