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Djami Diallo

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T34

Further personal information

Residence
North Vancouver, BC, CAN
Languages
English, French

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She was introduced to wheelchair sport at high school in Canada.
Why this sport?
She initially played wheelchair basketball, but switched to para-athletics. "I was not a good shooter, but I could get up and down the court really fast. I think I could have been a better player if I'd stayed with it, but that's when I decided I'd give wheelchair racing a try."

General interest

Hobbies
Reading, writing, cooking, spending time with family and friends, shopping. (gofundme.com, 30 Apr 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Wheelchair racing has reinforced my belief in the fact that I can do anything. Sometimes when I'm in a really frustrating situation I say, 'well if I can do this on the track, I can attack pretty much anything'." (bcwheelchairsports.com, 2014)
Impairment
She was born two months prematurely and at age one was diagnosed with diplegic cerebral palsy. Corrective surgery has given her some mobility, but she uses crutches and a wheelchair when outside of her home. (gofundme.com, 30 Apr 2015; Vancouver Sun, 15 Apr 2015)
Other information
FROM LIBERIA TO CANADA
She was born in Liberia, but grew up in France where she lived for seven years as her father studied to become a doctor. At age 12 she moved to Canada with her mother and three sisters. (Vancouver Sun, 15 Apr 2015)