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Dejan Jokic

Shooting

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SH2

Further personal information

Residence
Šid, SRB
Languages
Serbian

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2013.
Why this sport?
"My doctor encouraged me to take up a sport. Before the accident, playing football and hunting were my hobbies, so she asked me if I would like to try shooting Para sport. I said yes, and she immediately called a selector of the Serbian team - Nenad Pajic - and I met him the next day. He introduced me to the sport and I really liked it. It was love at first sight."
Club / Team
SKOSI Pobednik: Belgrade, SRB
Name of coach
Nenad Pajic [national], SRB

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal at the 2018 European Championships in Belgrade, Serbia. (RTS Zabava - Zvanicni kanal YouTube channel, 18 Jan 2021)
Most influential person in career
His family. (RTS Zabava - Zvanicni kanal YouTube channel, 18 Jan 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"To achieve success, you have to know what you want and give 100% to it. Success is what comes from effort." (espreso.rs, 02 Dec 2019)
Awards and honours
Alongside Dragan Ristic and Zdravko Savanovic, he was named in the 2018 Team of the Year by the Serbian Paralympic Committee. (sport.blic.rs, 19 Apr 2019)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the Paralympic Games. (RTS Zabava - Zvanicni kanal YouTube channel, 18 Jan 2021)
Impairment
He fractured cervical vertebrae in his neck while diving into a river in 2012. His injuries resulted in quadriplegia. (espreso.rs, 02 Dec 2019)
Other information
OWN SHOOTING RANGE
He used to train in Belgrade, Serbia, but he lives about 150 kilometres from the capital and travelling there five times a week became too much. His solution was to build a shooting range near his home in Sid. "[Travelling to Belgrade] was extremely expensive and I couldn't afford it. With my family we had the idea to build a shooting range next to our house. I became national champion and got a sports scholarship, so we built it. Everything is designed like a competition venue, the equipment is fully professional, so I have perfect training conditions now." (RTS Zabava - Zvanicni kanal YouTube channel, 18 Jan 2021)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Cheongju 2018 World Shooting Para Sport Championships (Cheongju, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
R4 - Mixed 10m Air Rifle standing SH2 Qualification 2018-05-05 10
R5 - Mixed 10m Air Rifle prone SH2 Qualification 2018-05-05 7
R5 - Mixed 10m Air Rifle prone SH2 Final 2018-05-05 8
Team R5 - Mixed 10m Air Rifle prone SH2 Qualification 2018-05-05 1