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Brett Babcock

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T51, F51

Further personal information

Residence
Kingston, ON, CAN
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Communications, Physical Education - University of Alberta/Carleton University: Canada

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up para-athletics in 2013.
Why this sport?
"Sport was really the only thing I knew. I just wanted to get back into competition, something to push myself. It absolutely promoted independence for me, because it made me stronger, gave me something to look forward to. I started to feel more and more like myself again. I don’t notice my disability as much, because I’m competitive in sport again. It’s exciting, being closer and closer to getting back the person I used to be.”
Club / Team
Kingston Track and Field Club: Canada

General interest

Sporting philosophy / motto
"Life rolls on. It's up to you to keep the pace." (Twitter profile, 29 Sep 2014)
Awards and honours
He was a torch bearer ahead of the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. His leg of the relay was in Kingston, ON, Canada, where he also lit the city's community cauldron. (thewhig.com, 04 Aug 2015)

He received the 2009 Gus Marker Trophy, given to the amateur athlete of the year in Kingston, ON, Canada. (thewhig.com, 29 Jan 2013)
Other sports
Prior to his accident he competed in trampolining at national level, including winning a bronze medal at the 2012 Canada Cup in Vancouver, BC, Canada. He is also qualified to judge provincial trampolining competitions in Canada. (thewhig.com, 01 Jun 2014; thewhig.com, 29 Jan 2013)
Impairment
In October 2012 he dislocated his C5 and C6 vertebrae after landing on his neck trying to perform a triple-back pike during trampolining training. The injuries originally left him paralysed from the neck down. However, he has since regained some movement in his upper body. (thewhig.com, 29 Jan 2013)