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Frankie Anzaldi

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Classification
T20, F20

Further personal information

Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2016.
Why this sport?
Growing up playing baseball and football, his seizures meant at age 10 he could no longer play sports with his peers, but doctors gave him hope with a nerve stimulator placed on his brain at age 11. He was encouraged to take up Para athletics after his encounter with a US college football [soccer] team Stony Brook Seawolves. His mother Michelle was surprised at his choice. "I never thought it would be running. Out of the blue he [Frankie] said he wanted to go running, so we brought him to the track."
Club / Team
Badger Track Club [USA] / Rocky Point Varsity Track And Field [USA] / Greater Long Island Running Club [USA]:

General interest

Hobbies
Playing trombone. (Instagram profile, 22 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I am stronger than my seizures." (newsday.com, 16 Mar 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2016 he was named an honorary captain of Stony Brook Seawolves, a National Collegiate Athletic Association [NCAA] football [soccer] team. (tbrnewsmedia.com, 22 Mar 2019)
Impairment
He has an intellectual impairment which results in epilepsy and seizures that damaged his brain as a child. In 2011 he was fitted at a nerve stimulator on his brain by New York University [NYU] to help reduce his seizures. (brnewsmedia.com, 22 Mar 2019; newsday.com, 16 Mar 2019)
Other information
HALF MARATHON
In March 2019 he participated in the New York City Half Marathon representing 'Athletes Without Limits', an organisation supporting athletes with intellectual and developmental impairments. (tbrnewsmedia.com, 22 Mar 2019)

PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA TO UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
Born in the People's Republic of China, he was adopted by a US family and moved to the United States of America at age five. (newsday.com, 16 Mar 2019)