Donald Balcom

Alpine Skiing | Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
T12, F12
Guide
Kenny Burd

Further personal information

Family
Children Austin and Alaina
Residence
United States
Occupation
Athlete, Veteran
Higher education
Mechanical Engineering - Clarkson University: Potsdam, NY, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began training in 2011 in Maryland, United States.
Why this sport?
He was inspired to become more active and lose weight after watching a television programme about an ironman competition in Hawaii, United States. He entered his first competition in 2012.
Club / Team
Paralympic Sport Club Southern Maryland: United States
Training Regime
The vast majority of his training [Balcom estimates 95%] is done on a treadmill at home. He gets up at 03:00 to run before starting work.

General interest

Ambitions
To compete at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (disabledsportsusa.org, 01 Sep 2013)
Impairment
He was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa while serving in the US Navy. At age 31 he was declared legally blind. (stmarysmd.com, 19 May 2013)