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Marcel Boettger

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T12, F12
Guide
Alexander Kosenkow

Further personal information

Residence
Witten, GER
Occupation
Athlete, Physiotherapist
Languages
German

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in his mid-twenties.
Why this sport?
He was encouraged to try athletics by his school teachers but was not keen on the sport at first, preferring football and handball. It was only after a coach from the TV Wattenscheid 01 club kept asking him to try athletics that he agreed to go to a training session. "At school they said I should definitely do athletics. I played football in my spare time and tried handball. But I was just not interested in athletics."
Club / Team
BSG Bad Oeynhausen [GER] / DJK Blau-Weiss Annen [GER]:
Training Regime
He trains five times a week at Wullen Stadium in Witten or Helmut-Kornig-Halle athletics hall in Dortmund. He trains together with his guide Alexander Kosenkow once a week.

General interest

Hobbies
Supporting German football team Borussia Dortmund. (Instagram profile, 03 Jul 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (ikz-online.de, 18 Jul 2019)
Impairment
He has a vision impairment. He can't see anything in his right eye and has 3% vision in his left. He lost his vision following the removal of a tumour as a baby. (paz-online.de, 26 Aug 2019; wr.de, 06 Jun 2019)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He works as a physiotherapist at the Branscheidt Therapy Centre in Annen, Germany. "I wanted to become a physiotherapist. So I thought, just be brazen and ask the Employment Agency if [they would] fund the training." (Westfalen Sport, 01 Feb 2020; wr.de, 06 Jun 2019)