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Guy Harrison

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Classification
T35, F35

Further personal information

Residence
Napier, NZL
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para athletics in 2010 in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand.
Club / Team
Hastings Athletic Club [NZL] / Hawke's Bay [NZL]:
Name of coach
Laura Langley

General interest

Hobbies
Golf. (Facebook profile, 22 Feb 2019)
Injuries
He underwent surgery in September 2017 to help loosen up his calves and Achilles' tendons. The surgery was expected to keep him out of competition for nine months. (nzherald.co.nz, 23 Aug 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named Disabled Sportsperson of the Year at the 2018 Hawke's Bay Sports Awards. (Laura Langley Facebook profile, 26 May 2018)

He was named the 2017 Para Sportsperson of the Year at the School Sport Hawke's Bay [HBSS] Sports Awards. (Napier Boys' High School Sports Facebook page, 30 Oct 2017)
Other sports
He has competed in Para badminton at international level and in Para swimming at national level. (Badminton Hawke's Bay Facebook page, 18 Nov 2018; nzherald.co.nz, 13 Oct 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (nzherald.co.nz, 16 Jun 2017)
Other information
PARALYMPIC PLANS
He hopes that future Paralympic Games will offer longer distance running events for standing athletes, as the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo only features longer distance races for wheelchair classification categories. "We've been told the longest [standing] race at the [2020] Paralympics will be 200m. I'm not a sprinter so I won't be going. Hopefully that will change in years to come if we can get more numbers doing the longer distances. Numbers dictate. Age is on my side. The 2024 Paralympics could be a possibility if sufficient numbers want to run the 800m race." (nzherald.co.nz, 16 Jun 2017)