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    Ali Jawad

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    Great Britain Great Britain Para powerlifting 12 January 1989

    Great Britain

    a male powerlifter


    Human Interest
    Data Value
    Impairment Information
    Type of Impairment Limb deficiency
    Origin of Impairment Congenital
    Further Personal Information
    Occupation Athlete, Coach
    Languages English
    Higher education Sports Science - University of East London [UEL]: England
    Sport Specific Information
    When and where did you begin this sport? He began powerlifting at age 16 in London, England.
    Why this sport? Friends encouraged him to go to a local gym and a coach there believed he had the potential to compete at an elite level.
    Name of coach Tom Whittaker [national], GBR; Duncan Ogilvie [personal]
    Training Regime He trains at the University of East London [UEL] in England.
    General Interest
    Hobbies Reading sports autobiographies, supporting English football club Liverpool. (paralympic.org, 13 Jun 2017)
    Hero / Idol Egyptian powerlifter Sherif Othman. (paralympic.org, 24 Mar 2014)
    Injuries Although a series of injuries affected his preparation for the 2015 European Championships in Eger, Hungary, he was still able to compete at the event and win a gold medal. (paralympics.org.uk, 26 Nov 2015)
    Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs He listens to the soundtrack from the film 'Rocky' before every competition. Before lifting he stands on the bench and stares at the bar for 20 seconds. "The ritual makes me focus and get into the zone. On the platform, it is me against the bar and nothing else can affect my performance." (paralympic.org, 13 Jun 2017, 18 Oct 2016)
    Sporting philosophy / motto "Why be the best when you can be the greatest?" (Twitter profile, 20 Mar 2015)
    Awards and honours He was named Sportsman with an Impairment of the Year at the 2014 and 2015 Leeds Sports Awards in England. (yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk, 14 Mar 2015; paralympics.org.uk, 03 Mar 2014)

    He was named the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] Athlete of the Month for April 2014. (paralympic.org, 09 May 2014)
    Other sports He was a talented judoka in his early teens. However, there was no judo category for his impairment in the Paralympic Games so he decided to concentrate on powerlifting instead. (yorkvision.co.uk, 09 Oct 2012; bbc.co.uk, 04 Aug 2011)
    Ambitions To lift 200kg and win a gold medal at the Paralympic Games. (paralympic.org, 13 Jun 2017)
    Impairment He was born without legs. (bbc.co.uk, 04 Aug 2011)
    Other information ILLNESS
    He has been affected by Crohn's disease since 2008, and had part of his intestine removed in 2010. The illness also kept him out of competition for 18 months following the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He returned to training in 2018, linking up with coach Duncan Ogilvie at the University of East London [UEL] in England, and went on to claim bronze at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. "I'm truly lost for words. It was a miracle to even get her, but to come away with a medal is beyond everything I expected. Eighteen months battling Crohn's disease, thinking my career was over. Thank you to everyone that wished me support. It means the world to me." (Twitter profile, 09 Apr 2018; bbc.co.uk, 09 Apr 2018; uel.ac.uk, 16 Feb 2018; tottenhamjournal.co.uk, 03 Apr 2013; yorkvision.co.uk, 09 Oct 2012; bbc.co.uk, 04 Aug 2011)

    He was born in Lebanon during a period of conflict with Israel. When he was age six months his parents relocated the family to London, England. "It was hard enough to bring up kids that didn't have a disability, let alone someone who did. So my parents took the decision that, in order for me to have a normal life, we needed to move away. England was our best option as they provided prosthetic limbs which enabled me to walk." (yorkvision.co.uk, 09 Oct 2012; bbc.co.uk, 04 Aug 2011)

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