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CHIASSARO Richard
Sport Para athletics
NPC Great Britain   
GenderMen
Age37
Place of BirthHarlow, ENG
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T54
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Claire Broadbent, son Leo
Residence
London, ENG
Occupation
Athlete, Coach
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began wheelchair racing in 2010 after switching from wheelchair basketball.
Why this sport?
He was inspired to take up the sport after watching British wheelchair racer David Weir compete at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing.
Club / Team
Harlow AC: England
Name of coach
Paula Dunn [national], GBR; Jenni Banks [personal], from 2013
Training Regime
He trains at the Mark Hall Sports Centre in Harlow, England.
General Interest
Nicknames
Big Chief, Rich (Facebook profile, 15 Jul 2018; Twitter profile, 11 Jul 2018)
Hero / Idol
British wheelchair racer David Weir. (sportsaid.org.uk, 06 May 2014)
Injuries
In August 2015 a stress fracture in his hand stopped him from competing in the 400m and 800m races at the 2015 English Championships in Bedford. (harlowstar.co.uk, 06 Aug 2015)

In 2010 he broke his wrist after his wheelchair flipped during training. He was back competing within six weeks. (herts24.co.uk, 19 Aug 2010)
Awards and honours
He received the Para Sports Personality of the Year award at the 2017 Active Essex Sports Awards in England. (theenquirer.co.uk, 04 Dec 2017)

In 2015 he received the Para Sports Personality of the Year award at the Active Harlow Sports Awards in England. (harlow.gov.uk, 26 Nov 2015)
Other sports
He has played wheelchair basketball for the Essex Outlaws in England. (Twitter profile, 11 Jul 2018)
Impairment
He was born with spina bifida. (harlowstar.co.uk, 25 Sep 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
4 2016 400m T54 47.17
Round 1 2016 800m T54 1:39.33
Round 1 2016 100m T54 14.83
Round 1 2016 4 x 400m Relay T53-54  
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2015 200m T54 27.26
10 2015 100m T54 14.80
Heats 2015 400m T54 51.41
8 2017 1500m T54 3:06.24
4 2017 200m T54 25.12
3 2017 400m T54 46.56
8 2017 800m T54 1:36.49
Commonwealth Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
8 2018 1500m T54 3:18.63
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2016 200m T54 25.14
2 2016 400m T54 46.46
2 2016 800m T54 1:35.65
2 2016 100m T54 14.82
1 2016 4 x 400m Relay T53-54 3:08.30
4 2018 200m T54 26.13
  2018 400m T54  DNS
  2018 800m T54  DNS
  2018 100m T54  DNS
  2018 1500m T54  DNS