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Deon Kenzie



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Forth, TAS, AUS

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began running at age 12.
Why this sport?
He played Australian rules football at school and took up running as a way to improve his fitness. Athletics coach Mike Gunson suggested he switch sports and focus on sprinting.
Name of coach
Philo Saunders [personal]

International debut

Competing for
World Championships
Lyon, FRA

General interest

Kenz [coach Mike Gunson gave him the name due to it being easier to shout than Deon]. (, 01 Jan 2016)
Reading, spending time with friends, going to the cinema. (, 01 Jan 2018)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (AthsAust YouTube channel, 15 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
US distance runner Steve Prefontaine, Australian middle distance runner Nicole Perry. (, 01 Jan 2016)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
His pre-competition routine involves warming up one hour beforehand, listening to the song 'Best of You' by US band Foo Fighters, and beating his chest or clapping his hands together. (, 01 Jan 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Stay hungry, stay foolish." (Instagram profile, 01 Jan 2020)
Awards and honours
In 2017 he was named Tasmanian Para Athlete of the Year in Australia. (, 28 May 2017)

In 2014 he was voted U18 Athlete of the Year by Athletics Tasmania. (, 14 Dec 2014)

In 2013 he was named Best Male Athlete at the Advocate Junior Sports Awards in Burnie, TAS, Australia. (, 14 Dec 2014)
Other sports
He has participated in able-bodied athletics at national level in Australia. (, 16 May 2015)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 26 Feb 2019)
He has cerebral palsy, which affects the right side of his body. "It hasn't affected me to the point where I can't go out and do day-to-day activities [speaking in 2018]. I can compete as an able-bodied athlete and still train with able-bodied athletes. It's about a 1% or 2% difference where I can't get that full explosiveness of speed out of the right side of my body. In a full training week I'm probably doing more than some able-bodied athletes. And the ones I'm not, well I keep pushing my limits so I can." (, 01 Nov 2018;, 08 Jul 2015)


Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T38 Final 1 2013-07-24 3
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 800 m T38 Heat 1 2015-10-23 2
Men's 800 m T38 Final 1 2015-10-24 7
Men's 1500 m T38 Final 1 2015-10-30 3
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T38 Final Round 2016-09-10 2
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 800 m T38 Heat 3 2017-07-14 2
Men's 800 m T38 Final 1 2017-07-16 2
Men's 1500 m T38 Final 1 2017-07-22 1