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Brett Gravatt

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T53

Further personal information

Residence
State College, PA, USA
Occupation
Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Communications - Pennsylvania State University: State College, PA, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up wheelchair racing in April 2015 at Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA, United States of America, and competed in his first race in New Jersey, United States of America.
Why this sport?
He wanted to continue with sport after his injury. He chose athletics because of his endurance from being a footballer.
Club / Team
Penn State Ability Athletics: State College, PA, USA
Name of coach
Teri Jordan [club], USA

General interest

Hobbies
Watching comedy movies. (psu.edu, 19 Jan 2016)
Injuries
In 2014 he required surgery after tearing the meniscus in his left knee. His recovery was delayed by a blood clot in the knee. (psu.edu, 19 Jan 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Do what you can, where you are, with what you have." [US politician Theodore Roosevelt] (fox29.com, 11 Feb 2016)
Other sports
Before his accident he played football at university level in United States of America and for US club D.C. United's U23 team. (washingtonpost.com, 15 Jan 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (psu.edu, 19 Jan 2016)
Impairment
In December 2014 he had a snowboarding accident in Lynchburg, VA, United States of America. He fractured the T6 thoracic vertebra and was paralysed from the lower chest down. (psu.edu, 19 Jan 2016; washingtonpost.com, 15 Jan 2015)
Other information
PARALYMPIC EXPERIENCE
He was part of a group of students and faculty members from the College of Communications at Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA, United States of America, that attended the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro to assist Associated Press [AP] with their coverage of the Games. (summergames.ap.org, 15 Sep 2016; psu.edu, 01 Sep 2016)

COACH
He has served as a student assistant coach of the Pennsylvania State University men's football team in United States of America. (psu.edu, 19 Jan 2016)

OTHER STUDIES
He studied at University of Akron, OH, United States of America, before transferring to Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA, United States of America. (psu.edu, 19 Jan 2016)