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Ken Kahu

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Leg length difference
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T44, F44

Further personal information

Residence
Port-Vila, VAN
Occupation
Public Servant
Languages
English, French

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para athletics in 2018 in Port Vila, Vanuatu.
Why this sport?
He was scouted by coach Deni Kalanga in Port Vila, Vanuatu. "I was walking to the shop in Club Hippoque village and the coach of Para athletics also lived there, he saw me and shouted out, 'Hey boy, come'. So I went and had a chat, and he told me God sent me to him on that day so he could try me out for Para athletics as he recognised that I was young and fit, but that I had a physical impairment which was appropriate for Para. I started training throwing the medicine balls, building up fitness, doing running and using bands, then Deni gave me a javelin, even though I had never tried that before, and he identified I had potential in the 100m sprint and javelin. I came to realise the skills I have and began to love the sport with a passion."
Club / Team
Carbine Club: Port-Vila, VAN
Name of coach
Odile Siro [national], from 2018; Deni Kalenga [national]; Mary Estelle Mahuk [national]

International debut

Year
2019
Competing for
Vanuatu
Location
Darwin, NT, AUS

General interest

Hobbies
Watching films. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal at the 2019 Arafura Games in Darwin, NT, Australia. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian footballer Neymar. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Awards and honours
He was Vanuatu's flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2019 Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa. (Vanuatu Paralympic Committee Facebook page, 11 Jul 2019; abc.net.au, 05 Jul 2019)
Impairment
His right leg is 11 centimetres shorter than his left. (dailypost.vu, 25 Mar 2019; thegoodnewsmovement.com, 06 Mar 2020)
Other information