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Hilmy Shawwal

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T54

Further personal information

Residence
London, ENG
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Sport Studies - Middlesex University: London, ENG

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He discovered wheelchair racing at age nine while taking part in a sports and leisure programme run by the local council in the London borough of Ealing. He later joined the Weir Archer Academy, set up by British wheelchair racer David Weir, in 2012.
Why this sport?
He was inspired by watching athletes at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. "I have always wanted to compete in wheelchair racing. I have just had the passion for it ever since I started competing for the borough when I was nine years old and have never looked back since. I have been watching the Paralympics since 2008, which has inspired me."
Club / Team
Middlesex University London [GBR] / Weir Archer Academy [GBR]:
Name of coach
Jenny Archer [club], GBR

General interest

Nicknames
Lightning (Facebook profile, 14 Apr 2017)
Hobbies
Watching football, supporting Newcastle FC. (Facebook profile, 14 Apr 2017)
Impairment
He has spina bifida. (ealingnewsextra.co.uk, 02 Mar 2016)
Other information
COACHING PLANS
He joined Middlesex University in September 2015, where he studies sports and exercise science. After he finishes his degree, he wants to go into teaching and coaching. (ealingnewsextra.co.uk, 02 Mar 2016; Facebook profile, 01 Sep 2015)