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Axel Zorzi

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T13, F13

Further personal information

Residence
Beynost, FRA
Occupation
Actor, Athlete
Languages
French
Higher education
Theatre Studies - University of Lyon: France

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics at the Handisport Lyonnais club in Lyon, France. Before that, he had tried judo, karate, archery and football.
Why this sport?
"At first I was just looking for a sport that would suit me. I tried team sports like handball and football, but there were difficulties given my eyesight problems." He and his mother then looked into individual sports and discovered athletics. He joined the Handisport Lyonnais club and the coach soon asked him to go to a competition in Paris to test his abilities. He achieved good results and was encouraged to continue with the sport.
Club / Team
Lyon Athletisme: France
Name of coach
Thomas Verro [club]

General interest

Injuries
He was ruled out of the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar due to injury. (leprogres.fr, 01 Apr 2021)
Impairment
He has retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative illness that affects the eye's retina. He cannot focus his vision on one object as his viewing range is mainly on the periphery. (handisport.org, 23 Dec 2019)
Other information
ACTING AND ATHLETICS
He trained to become an actor at university. He says there are similarities between athletics and performing as an actor. "I went to a theatre school in Lyon. The training lasted three years. The current situation [COVID-19 pandemic] does not help to land roles, but I am hanging on. There is importance in both disciplines of a certain physical and mental preparation. In fact, I feel that each of these two activities nourishes the other." (bugeycotiere.fr, 23 Feb 2021)

Results

Unit Date Rank
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T13 Heat 2 2017-07-16 13
Men's 200 m T13 Heat 2 2017-07-17 13