Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Further personal information
Sport specific information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He got involved in athletics in 2014 in Nottwil, Switzerland.
Why this sport?
He was inspired to take up the sport after watching Austrian wheelchair racer Thomas Geierspichler competing in the marathon on TV at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. "[I thought] he is in a wheelchair and he can do such amazing things. I want that to do that too." He was also attracted to the sport because of the wide range of skills required. "I like that this sport is very multifaceted. On the one hand, conditional skills such as strength, endurance and speed are of great importance. On the other hand, technology and a tactical understanding are prerequisites in order to be successful."
He trains seven times a week.
Football, sports. (obsv.at, 07 Nov 2019; Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in both the 800m and 1500m at the 2017 World Junior Championships in Nottwil, Switzerland. (obsv.at, 25 Jul 2019; Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coach Walter Pfaller. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Austrian wheelchair racer Thomas Geierspichler, Swiss wheelchair racer Marcel Hug. (obsv.at, 07 Nov 2019; Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I want to be respected as an athlete, not admired as a disabled person." (obsv.at, 07 Nov 2019)
Awards and honours
He was flag bearer for Austria at the opening ceremony of the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (IPC, 20 Aug 2018)
He has played wheelchair basketball for Austrian club side RSV Basket Salzburg. (sn.at, 28 Oct 2017; Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (obsv.at, 25 Jul 2019)
He was born with spina bifida. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)