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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T63, F63

Further personal information

Occupation
Motivational Speaker, Student
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began competing in athletics in 2013.
Why this sport?
His father entered him into the Endeavour Games in Oklahoma, United States of America. "I did the 60m, 100m, 200m, 400m, long jump, high jump, discus, javelin and shot put. My dad figured, 'We've travelled this far, so you might as well do everything'."
Name of coach
La Tijera Avery [personal]

General interest

Hobbies
Watching TV. (sportsengine.com, 01 Oct 2020)
Most influential person in career
US Para high jumper Sam Grewe. (livingwithamplitude.com, 24 Feb 2021)
Hero / Idol
US American football player Nick Ekbatani, US Para athlete Blake Leeper, US basketball player Kobe Bryant, Spanish basketball player Pau Gasol, Irish mixed martial artist Conor McGregor. (livingwithamplitude.com, 24 Feb 2021; angelcitysports.org, 11 May 2015; Instagram profile, 18 Apr 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You can dream it, you can hope for it, or you can make it happen." (Facebook page, 15 Apr 2020)
Awards and honours
In 2013 he received the Courage Award at the Kobe Basketball Academy in Thousand Oaks, CA, United States of America. (Facebook page, 15 Apr 2020)

In 2009 he received the Rising Star Award from the Challenged Athletes Foundation in the United States of America. (Facebook page, 15 Apr 2020)
Other sports
He has a blue belt in karate. (Facebook page, 15 Apr 2020)
Famous relatives
His mother Bahar Soomekh is an actress and has appeared in the 'Saw' and 'Mission Impossible' film franchises. (teamusa.org, 04 Aug 2019)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, and to compete at the 2024 and 2028 Games. (livingwithamplitude.com, 24 Feb 2021; paralympic.org, 14 Aug 2019)
Impairment
He was born without a left knee, left fibula and missing fingers on his left hand. At age two he had surgery at Boston Children's Hospital to remove the lower, non-functioning part of his left leg, and to transplant a toe from the amputated foot to his left hand. (spirit.ucla.edu, 01 Dec 2014)
Other information
LOS ANGELES 2028 LOGO
He designed one of the variations of the logo for the 2028 Paralympic Games in Los Angeles. The Games organisers invited athletes, artists and other public figures to contribute versions of the 'A' in 'LA', with the initial designs revealed in 2020. His design featured the face of a cheetah, and detail related to Para athletics including running blades and a wheelchair. "Kids can feel left out and isolated. But this 'A' represents them. It's been amazing." (sportsengine.com, 01 Oct 2020; insidethegames.biz, 01 Sep 2020; itsnicethat.com, 02 Sep 2020)

MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER
His fundraising organisation 'Team Ezra' has raised more than 400,000 USD for non-profit organisations that support people with physical impairments. Since childhood he has spoken at schools to raise awareness for people with impairments as part of the project. "I just want to be the best person that I can be and share my story and try to help others become the best person they can be." (Facebook page, 25 Dec 2020; huffingtonpost.co.uk, 11 May 2016)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
With his family he is the co-founder of 'Angel City Sports', which provides Para sport opportunities to people with impairments in Los Angeles, CA, United States of America. (Instagram profile, 25 Feb 2021; Angel City Sports Instagram profile, 25 Feb 2021; Angel City Sports YouTube channel, 30 Apr 2020)