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Collin Lafon

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
F33

Further personal information

Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
University of Illinois: Urbana, IL, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began competing in wheelchair sports at age 10, and later moved on to throwing events.
Why this sport?
He played a number of sports growing up, including wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby. His rugby coach was a Para athlete for the US national team, and he inspired Lafon to consider throwing events.
Name of coach
David Dobbs [personal], USA

General interest

Nicknames
Turtle (dailyillini.com, 21 Oct 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"People can call me an inspiration, but I love playing sports. I love coming out here and throwing, I love playing basketball. At the end of the day, I'm going to find a way to do that." (wbrc.com, 13 May 2016)
Other sports
He played wheelchair basketball for the University of Illinois in the United States of America. (dailyillini.com, 21 Oct 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (highschoolsports.al.com, 05 Feb 2016)
Impairment
A lack of oxygen at birth caused damage to his cerebral cortex, which led to an impairment to his muscular and nervous system. His memory, motor skills and spatial awareness were also affected. (wheel-life.org, 06 Sep 2016)