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CeCe Mazyck

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T54, F57

Further personal information

Family
Fiancee Darrell Fisher, son Tristen
Residence
Columbia, SC, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Motivational Speaker, Veteran
Languages
English
Higher education
Sociology - University of South Carolina: United States

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She first participated at a Paralympic Military Sports Camp in 2006 at the US Olympic Training Centre in Colorado Springs, CO, United States.
Why this sport?
It was not until 2009 at the USOC Paralympic Military Sports Camp that she impressed national wheelchair track coach Wendy Gumbert, who said she had a good chance of making the national team.
Name of coach
Ronald Wilcox

General interest

Nicknames
Little C (va.gov, 05 Aug 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Adapt and overcome." (usparalympics.org, 29 June 2009)
Impairment
After enrolling in fashion college in 1994, she joined the US Army Reserve a year later to support the financial costs. She was paralysed from the waist down while training in November 2003 at the US Advanced Airborne School at Fort Bragg, NC, United States. During a high-altitude jump, her parachute became entangled with another parachute and she fractured her spine when she landed. (chronicle.augusta.com, 28 May 2006; washingtonpost.com, 09 Aug 2009)
Other information
WALKING AGAIN
After her accident she says doctors initially told her family she would never walk again. "That's how bad it was. At first I didn't even want to get out of my car to pump gas. I built self-confidence from being around individuals in wheelchairs playing sports, and then took that to the outside world," she said. But after her surgery she begged to be wheeled to a gym in the hospital and says that while supporting herself on parallel bars, "I got up and I walked. I took a couple of steps. I said I have a son to raise, and I wasn't hearing not walking again." (chronicle.augusta.com, 28 May 2006; washingtonpost.com, 09 Aug 2009; notalone.com, 30 Aug 2010)

Results

Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Javelin F57/58 Final Round 2012-09-06 14
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Javelin F57/58 Final 1 2013-07-24 3