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Johannes Bessell

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired range of motion
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T46

Further personal information

Residence
Cologne, GER
Occupation
Athlete, Sales
Languages
Dutch, English, German

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2017 in Leverkusen, Germany.
Why this sport?
"I had a fairly normal childhood, started swimming early and did my swimming badges and even lifesaving badges at the German Life Saving Association. I tried a lot of sports and played badminton in a 'normal' club for many years. My serve was a little different, but that was all. I started shooting with an air pistol at a shooting club and that was also my first point of contact with Para sport. I've always loved to run for fun. In my club Bayer 04 Leverkusen, there is a Para sport section and the coaches invited me to a [athletics] talent day. Since then I have been active in the sport. I just pack my running shoes and then I can run anywhere. This is also possible with my job."
Club / Team
TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen: Germany
Name of coach
Sara Gradtke [club], GER

International debut

Year
2018
Competing for
Germany

General interest

Injuries
In 2015 he suffered a knee injury and had to adjust his training programme for two months as a result. (rslc-holzkirchen.de, 06 Jun 2015)
Other sports
He has been involved in able-bodied running and mountain biking at elite level in Germany. He has also competed in Para badminton and won a bronze medal at the 2016 German Championships in Dortmund. He took part in the 2015 German national Para cycling championships. (plexuskinder.de, 13 Nov 2019; Facebook page, 18 Mar 2018, 16 Sep 2016; Facebook profile, 18 Sep 2016; rslc-holzkirchen.de, 06 Jun 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen Facebook page, 30 Oct 2020)
Impairment
His left arm is paralysed. (deutsche-paralympische-mannschaft.de, 11 Sep 2017)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He works as a sales representative for Brooks Running. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Nov 2020)