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Maclean Atsu Dzidzienyo

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T53

Further personal information

Family
Wife Smart Esinam Blessing
Residence
Accra, GHA
Occupation
Accountant
Languages
English
Higher education
Accounting - Accra Polytechnic: Ghana

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2010 in Accra, Ghana.
Why this sport?
An athletics coach encouraged him to take up the sport because of his physique. "I tried a few wheelchair sports and fell in love with both wheelchair tennis and wheelchair racing."
Club / Team
Go Get Dem Wheelchair Racing Club: Accra, GHA
Name of coach
Emmanuel Laryea, GHA, from 2010

International debut

Year
2014
Competing for
Ghana
Location
George, RSA

General interest

Hobbies
Listening to music. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Ghanaian wheelchair racer Nkegbe Botsyo. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
US wheelchair racer Jean Driscoll. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sports is a voice for the voiceless, it has given me confidence. Wheelchair racing has made me who I am today." (thenational.ae, 07 Nov 2019)
Awards and honours
He was named Athlete with an Impairment of the Year at the 2014 Sports Fans Awards in Ghana. (happyghana.com, 27 Dec 2014)
Other sports
He has played wheelchair tennis at international level. (graphic.com.gh, 26 Jun 2015; itftennis.com, 2013)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (thenational.ae, 07 Nov 2019)
Impairment
He sustained paralysis in his legs at age nine as a result of the effects of polio. (faz.net, 01 May 2014; Athlete, 08 Nov 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T53 Heat 1 2017-07-16 9999