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Justin Caine

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Ataxia, Impaired range of motion
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T36, F36

Further personal information

Family
Wife Meaghan, daughter Felicity
Residence
Lansing, MI, USA
Occupation
Business Owner
Languages
English
Higher education
Multimedia - Lansing Community College: United States

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He tried shot put for the first time while at Haslett High School, MI, United States of America, but did not take up para-athletics until he was a student at Lansing Community College, MI, United States of America.
Why this sport?
He tried shot put at high school on the recommendation of an athletics coach but did not enjoy it. He began lifting weights at a local gym and running when he was a student at Lansing Community College, MI, United States of America. It was his stepmother who encouraged him to join a team.
Club / Team
Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association: Lake Forest, IL, USA
Name of coach
Blaine Maag [personal], USA

General interest

Injuries
A hamstring injury prevented him from being selected for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (gofundme.com, 21 Jan 2016)

In October 2015 he lost a portion of his left little finger, broke his left ring finger in four places, and severed a tendon after his left hand was crushed under a weight during a squatting exercise. (lansingstatejournal.com, 15 Apr 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2017 World Championships in London, England, and the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (gofundme.com, 21 Jan 2016)
Impairment
He is a person with ataxia. At age 10 he sustained a brain haemorrhage caused by a brain tumour that had been growing since birth. He required a seven-and-a-half operation to remove the tumour, and spent about five months in hospital relearning to walk, talk and swallow. (lansingstatejournal.com, 15 Apr 2016)
Other information
BUSINESS OWNER
In 2009 he became co-owner of Good Fruit Video, a media production company in Lansing, MI, United States of America. (lansingstatejournal.com, 15 Apr 2016)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2015 he founded Beyond Our Barriers, to help people with impairments in Michigan, United States of America, find employment. (lansingstatejournal.com, 15 Apr 2016; LinkedIn profile, 15 Feb 2016)