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Dylan Sparks

Powerlifting

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Congenital

Further personal information

Residence
Edmonton, AB, CAN
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began powerlifting in 2013 in Grande Prairie, AB, Canada.
Why this sport?
He was inspired by the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing, and originally took up powerlifting as part of his wheelchair basketball training regime. "I ventured more into Para powerlifting as my main focus as it had been getting me further along in my goal towards the Paralympics than basketball was."
Club / Team
Steadward Centre [University of Alberta]: Edmonton, AB, CAN
Name of coach
Tracey Rice [mother], CAN, from 2015
Training Regime
He trains three times a week at the University of Alberta's Steadward Centre in Edmonton, AB, Canada.

General interest

Hobbies
Sport, playing video games, socialising with friends. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal and a silver medal as a junior at the 2018 Americas Open Championships in Bogota, Colombia. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach [and his mother] Tracey Rice. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2019)
Hero / Idol
British Para powerlifter Ali Jawad, "He has helped me since my first competition and has given me a bit of advice to succeed in this sport." (Athlete, 15 Jul 2019)
Injuries
He underwent surgery in July 2018 due to medical complications related to his impairment, and had to postpone his training for about two months. He also had medical complications requiring surgery in 2016/17. (gofundme.com, 28 Dec 2018; edmontonsun.com, 27 Dec 2018)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (edmontonsun.com, 27 Dec 2018)
Impairment
He was born with spina bifida. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2019)