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Jacques Swafford

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F55

Further personal information

Family
He has daughters.
Residence
Decatur, GA, USA
Occupation
Veteran
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began a variety of adaptive sports in 1999.
Why this sport?
After leaving the army following his accident, he developed post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. He was encouraged to try adaptive sports, which helped improve his mental health. "Sports really helped me. It takes my mind off the disabilities that I have and makes me look at the glass half-full instead of half-empty."

General interest

Awards and honours
He was named the 2014 Military Athlete of the Year at the Georgia Disability Sport Awards in the United States of America. (parasport-news.com, 16 Nov 2014)
Other sports
He competed in table tennis, bowling and archery at the National Veterans' Wheelchair Games. (georgiahealthnews.com, 13 Feb 2015; va.gov, 07 Jul 2010)
Impairment
He was injured in a humvee accident while serving in the US military in 1991, which resulted in brain and spinal trauma. (georgiahealthnews.com, 13 Feb 2015)