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Denis Schmitz

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T33

Further personal information

Residence
Unna, GER
Occupation
Factory Worker
Languages
German

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2007 at the RGS Bonen club in Germany. He has been involved in wheelchair racing since 2009.
Why this sport?
His father encouraged him to get involved in the sport.
Club / Team
RGS Bonen: Germany
Name of coach
Rudiger Schmitz [personal, father]; Alois Gmeiner

General interest

Hobbies
Listening to music, skiing, water skiing. (rennrollstuhl-denis.de, 21 Nov 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (wa.de, 13 Sep 2016)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (rennrollstuhl-denis.de, 01 Mar 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
''There is always something that works.'' (lokalkompass.de, 29 Aug 2016)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2016 Sportsman of the Year in Unna, Germany. (brsnw.de, 22 Nov 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (hellwegeranzeiger.de, 31Jan 2020)
Impairment
He was born 12 weeks prematurely and doctors diagnosed him with a brain hemorrhage at two weeks old. As a result, he has muscle weakness in both legs. (rennrollstuhl-denis.de, 21 Nov 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T33 Final Round 2016-09-10 6