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Jack Lewer

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
F20

Further personal information

Residence
Palmerston North, NZL
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried the sport at a primary school athletics day. He took up shot put and discus at age nine.
Club / Team
Palmerston North Athletic and Harrier Club: New Zealand

General interest

Hobbies
Playing basketball. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the men's F20 shot put at the 2017 World Junior Championships in Nottwil, Switzerland. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; paralympic.org, 06 Aug 2019)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
New Zealand shot putters Jacko Gill, Tom Walsh and Valerie Adams, New Zealand basketball player Steven Adams, US basketball player Michael Jordan. (stuff.co.nz, 19 Jul 2019; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Injuries
He fractured his foot while playing basketball in 2015. (stuff.co.nz, 30 Jul 2015)
Awards and honours
He was named Para Athlete of the Meet at the 2016 New Zealand Secondary Schools Athletics Association [NZSSAA] Championships in Auckland, New Zealand. (paralympics.org.nz, 19 Dec 2016)
Other sports
He has played for the Special Olympics Manawatu basketball team in New Zealand. (stuff.co.nz, 27 Jun 2013)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (stuff.co.nz, 02 May 2016; stuff.co.nz, 19 Jul 2019)
Impairment
He was born with Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba syndrome, a rare genetic condition that causes low muscle tone and intellectual impairment. (stuff.co.nz, 30 Jul 2015)