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Graeme Ballard

Graeme Ballard

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Classification
T36

Further personal information

Residence
Chorley, ENG
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics at age 20 in Chorley, England.
Why this sport?
He wanted to stay fit.
Club / Team
Chorley Athletic and Triathlon Club [ENG] / Wigan and District Harriers and Athletics Club [ENG]:
Name of coach
Trevor Painter [personal], GBR

International debut

Year
2002
Competing for
Great Britain
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Lille, FRA

General interest

Nicknames
G Unit, Bullet (Facebook profile, 16 Apr 2016; rio.paralympics.org.uk, 09 Aug 2016)
Most influential person in career
His coach, and his mother. (Athlete, 09 Dec 2010)
Injuries
He was affected by a back injury at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing and for most of 2009. (paralympic.org, 23 Mar 2013; morethanthegames.co.uk, 30 Nov 2009)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Winners never quit and quitters never win." (Athlete, 09 Dec 2010)
Awards and honours
He received a special performance award in 2014 from the Chorley Athletic and Triathlon Club in England. (chorley-athletic-and-triathlon.org, 11 Dec 2014)

He was named the 2005 Cerebral Palsy [CP] Sport Athlete of the Year. (paralympics.org.uk, 14 Jan 2010
Other sports
He has represented the England cerebral palsy football team, and competed at national level in Para swimming. (haydockhigh.org.uk, 12 Oct 2013)
Impairment
He has cerebral palsy. The condition affects all four of his limbs. (ljmu.ac.uk, 16 May 2014)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as an ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Sport in Great Britain. The charity aims to help people with cerebral palsy reach their sporting potential. (cpsport.org, 03 Oct 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships Villeneuve d'Ascq 2002 (Villeneuve d'Ascq, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T36 Final Round 3
Men's 200 m T36 Heat 2 1
Men's 100 m T36 Final Round 5
Men's 100 m T36 Heat 1 3
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T36 Final Round 8
Men's 200 m T36 Final Round 6
Men's 100 m T36 Final Round 8
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 4x100 m T35-38 Final Round 5
Men's 200 m T36 Final Round 4
Men's 200 m T36 Heat 2 2
Men's 100 m T36 Final Round 2
Men's 100 m T36 Heat 2 2
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T36 Heat 1 1
Men's 100 m T36 Final Round 6
Men's 200 m T36 Final Round 3
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T36 Heat 1 2011-01-23 1
Men's 100 m T36 Final 2011-01-24 5
Men's 200 m T36 Heat 2 2011-01-26 1
Men's 200 m T36 Final 2011-01-27 5
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T36 Final Round 2012-09-02 2
Men's 100 m T36 Heat 1 2012-09-02 2
Men's 200 m T36 Final Round 2012-09-06 4
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T36 Semifinal 2 2013-07-21 5
Men's 100 m T36 Final 1 2013-07-22 3
Men's 200 m T36 Semifinal 2 2013-07-23 3
Men's 200 m T36 Final 1 2013-07-24 4
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T36 Heat 2 2015-10-28 2
Men's 100 m T36 Final 1 2015-10-29 4
Men's 200 m T36 Heat 2 2015-10-30 4
Men's 200 m T36 Final 1 2015-10-31 6
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T36 Final Round 2016-09-10 5
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T36 Heat 1 2017-07-16 3
Men's 200 m T36 Final 1 2017-07-17 6
Men's 100 m T36 Heat 2 2017-07-22 4
Men's 100 m T36 Final 1 2017-07-22 4