Marcel Hodge

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T20

Further personal information

Residence
Leicester, ENG
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Business Administration - Regent College: Leicester, ENG

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics at age eight. He took up long jump in 2014.
Why this sport?
His mother took him to an athletics club as she did not want him to spend his time watching television.
Club / Team
Leicester Coritanian Athletic Club: England
Name of coach
Grant Barker [personal]; John Davis [personal]
Training Regime
He trains four days a week based at Harvey Hadden Athletics Stadium in Nottingham, England.

International debut

Year
2012
Competing for
England
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Manchester, CT, USA

General interest

Hobbies
Going to the cinema, watching anime and Manga videos, playing and listening to music. (Facebook page, 20 Sep 2014)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 200m at the 2012 INAS World Indoor Athletics Championships in Manchester, England. (regent-college.ac.uk, 28 Mar 2014)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (meltontimes.co.uk, 15 Mar 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I'm not like everybody else, I am me. Destined for greatness." (Facebook profile, 04 Aug 2016)
Impairment
He has been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. (lraa.org, 18 Jul 2014; Facebook page, 20 Sep 2014)
Other information
RUGBY
In 2013 he took up rugby and played with the Aylestone Athletic Rugby Football Club during the athletics off-season. He injured his left knee during a match in September 2014, which made him give up the sport to avoid jeopardising his athletics career. (Facebook page, 20 Sep 2014)