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Epeli Baleibau

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T47

Further personal information

Family
Three children
Residence
Suva, FIJ
Occupation
Farmer
Languages
English, Fijian
Higher education
Fiji National University: Suva, FIJ

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He practised athletics as a student at All Saints Secondary School in Labasa, Fiji. He took up para-athletics in 2014.
Why this sport?
"To make my body healthy and fit."
Club / Team
Laucala Club: Suva, FIJ
Name of coach
Ben Qumi [national], FIJ

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Fiji
Location
Port Moresby, PNG

General interest

Hobbies
Spending time with friends, watching movies, cooking. (Athlete, 13 Sep 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Asia-Oceania Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where he gained qualification for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 13 Sep 2016)
Most influential person in career
Coach Ben Qumi. (Athlete, 13 Sep 2016)
Other sports
He played rugby for the Macuata provincial club in Fiji between 1995 and 1996. (fijitimes.com, 19 Jul 2016)
Impairment
He lost his right hand while working for a forestry company in 1997. He was sawing a piece of wood when his right hand accidentally slipped into the machine. (fijitimes.com, 10 Jun 2016; Athlete, 13 Sep 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's High Jump T47 Final Round 2016-09-16 11