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Fanie Van Der Merwe

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T37

Further personal information

Residence
Stellenbosch, RSA
Occupation
Athlete, Coach
Languages
Afrikaans, English
Higher education
Sports Science - University of Stellenbosch: South Africa

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics in 2003 at high school in Virginia, South Africa.
Why this sport?
He loves running.
Club / Team
Maties ParaSport Club: Stellenbosch, RSA
Name of coach
Suzanne Ferreira [club], RSA

International debut

Year
2006
Competing for
South Africa
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Assen, NED

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 100m at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Most influential person in career
Coach Suzanne Ferreira. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"What you received is a gift, you did not earn or buy it. Enjoy and reach your full potential." (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2015 Parasport Sportsman of the Year by Maties Sport in Stellenbosch, South Africa. (sun.ac.za, 19 Oct 2015)
Impairment
He was born with cerebral palsy. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Other information
FINAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS APPEARANCE
He made his 13th consecutive and final appearance at the national championships in 2016 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. "It was a privilege to be able to end my SA Champs career in Bloemfontein where it all started." (sun.ac.za, 30 Mar 2016)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
Along with his brother Chris, he runs a non-profit coaching and life mentoring organisation named Inspired 2 Become. It focuses on alternative action sports and athletics for people with an impairment. (givengain.com, 26 Apr 2013; sun.ac.za, 30 Mar 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T37 Heat 3 9999
Men's 200 m T37 Heat 2 1
Men's 200 m T37 Final Round 2
Men's 4x100 m T35-38 Final Round 4
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T37 Heat 1 1
Men's 100 m T37 Final Round 1
Men's 200 m T37 Heat 2 1
Men's 200 m T37 Final Round 1
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T37 Heat 1 2011-01-23 2
Men's 100 m T37 Final 2011-01-24 2
Men's 200 m T37 Heat 1 2011-01-25 2
Men's 200 m T37 Final 2011-01-26 2
Men's 4x100 m T35-38 Final 2011-01-27 9999
Men's 400 m T37 Final 2011-01-29 3
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T37 Final Round 2012-08-31 6
Men's 200 m T37 Heat 2 2012-08-31 2
Men's 100 m T37 Final Round 2012-09-08 1
Men's 100 m T37 Heat 1 2012-09-08 1
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T37 Semifinal 1 2013-07-21 1
Men's 100 m T37 Final 1 2013-07-22 4
Men's 200 m T37 Semifinal 2 2013-07-23 6
Men's 200 m T37 Final 1 2013-07-24 2
Men's 400 m T37 Semifinal 1 2013-07-25 6
Men's 400 m T37 Final 1 2013-07-26 4
Men's 4x100 m T35-38 Final 1 2013-07-27 2
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T37 Heat 1 2015-10-22 5
Men's 200 m T37 Final 1 2015-10-22 3
Men's 100 m T37 Heat 1 2015-10-30 1
Men's 100 m T37 Final 1 2015-10-31 2
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T37 Heat 1 2016-09-10 2
Men's 100 m T37 Final Round 2016-09-11 3