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Danas Sodaitis

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T46

Further personal information

Residence
Vilnius, LTU
Occupation
Athlete, Photographer
Languages
English, Lithuanian, Russian
Higher education
Public Administration - General Jonas Zemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania: Vilnius, LTU

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2017 in Kaunas, Lithuania.
Why this sport?
"I wanted to be a better version of myself. It was an opportunity for self-realisation."
Club / Team
SC Cosma: Vilnius, LTU
Name of coach
Martas Skrabulis, LTU, from 2017

International debut

Year
2018
Competing for
Lithuania

General interest

Hobbies
Motorcycles. (lrt.lt, 01 Dec 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal in the T47 100m at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Martas Skrabulis. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"It is up to you to decide whether to deal with problems or live with them. No matter how boring it sounds, desire and determination are key." (lsveikata.lt, 09 Dec 2019)
Awards and honours
He was named as one of the Five Best Para Athletes of 2018 by the Athletics Federation of Lithuania [LLAF]. (lengvoji.lt, 19 Jan 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (lrt.lt, 11 Sep 2019)
Impairment
His impairment is the result of a motorcycle accident in October 2013. His brachial plexus was damaged, leading to a loss of function in his right hand. (lrt.lt, 11 Sep 2019)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He works as a freelance photographer and owns a photography studio in Vilnius, Lithuania. "At first I was just photographing flowers, and then everything progressed gradually. I acquired my own equipment, then began photographing my friends. I got more into it after the accident because I was doing rehabilitation, and there was a desire to do something and realise myself. It was a great time to learn photography." (lrt.lt, 01 Dec 2020; danas-sodaitis.lt, 01 Jan 2020)

FURTHER EDUCATION
He has completed a master's degree in advertising management at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania. (paralympics.lt, 31 Dec 2018)