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Liam Wilson

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Classification
T37, F37

Further personal information

Residence
Dunedin, NZL
Occupation
Student
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He tried a variety of Para sports through the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation and found that athletics suited him best. He was then spotted by coaches while competing at the 2017 Halberg Games in Auckland, New Zealand, after which he began training with coach Raylene Bates in Athletics New Zealand's high performance programme.
Why this sport?
He enjoys the competitive aspect of sport, and meeting new people. "It's what I would say really actually got me going with athletics, because of the whole competition. You get to know a lot of really cool people, and it's just a whole lot of fun. It's just great for everyone."
Club / Team
John McGlashan College [NZL] / Parafed Otago [NZL]:
Name of coach
Raylene Bates [national]

International debut

Year
2018
Competing for
New Zealand

General interest

Nicknames
Pango (Athletics Otago Facebook page, 04 Nov 2018)
Most influential person in career
New Zealand Para athlete Liam Malone and coach Raylene Bates. (thestar.co.nz, 25 Nov 2018)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
To visualise himself winning a race to “get in the zone”. (thestar.co.nz, 25 Nov 2018)
Ambitions
To win gold at the Paralympic Games. (newshub.co.nz, 06 Oct 2018; parafedotago.com, 02 Nov 2018)
Impairment
He has a mild form of cerebral palsy that predominantly affects the right side of his body. (Halberg Foundation Youtube page, 12 Feb 2018)
Other information
YOUNG JOURNALIST
He aspires to study sports journalism at university once he has finished high school. He hosts his own radio show on Otago Access Radio 105.4 FM, a half-hour program in which he interviews elite athletes. (Halberg Foundation Facebook page, 12 Feb 2018; newshub.co.nz, 06 Oct 2018; parafedotago.com, 02 Nov 2018; Athletics Otago Facebook page, 04 Nov 2018)