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Marissa Papaconstantinou

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T64

Further personal information

Family
Partner Justyn Thomas
Residence
Toronto, ON, CAN
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics at around age 11 at the Phoenix Track Club in Scarborough, ON, Canada.
Why this sport?
She enjoyed sport and originally played football and basketball. She fell in love with track athletics after being fitted with her first running blade at age 12. "I always really loved running. I had some good influences in the sport and once I broke the Canadian record for the 100m at age 12 I realised my potential in the sport."
Club / Team
University of Toronto Track Club: Canada
Name of coach
Bob Westman

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Canada
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Doha, QAT

General interest

Nicknames
Maris (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro at age 16. (paralympic.ca, 01 Jan 2018; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
British Para athlete Stefanie Reid. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Her grandmother. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Injuries
In June 2019 she developed pain in her knee, which turned out to be a torn tendon in her hamstring. She returned to racing in September 2019. (Instagram profile, 15 Sep 2019; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)

She tore her hamstring while competing in the 200m at the 2017 World Championships in London, England. The injury prevented her from running for five months. (greekpress.ca, 16 Jun 2019; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She always listens to music before competing. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"It doesn't matter how many times you fall down, it's about how you are able to get back up and come out stronger on the other side." (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Awards and honours
She was a torch bearer for the 2015 Pan American Games torch relay as the relay passed through Toronto, ON, Canada. (theeyeopener.com, 19 Mar 2019)
Other sports
She has played football at provincial level in Canada. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Famous relatives
Her partner Justyn Thomas has played football for Wake Forest University in the United States of America. Her sister Kristin has played football for Queen's University in Kingston, ON, Canada. (Instagram profile, 22 Nov 2020; Justyn Thomas Instagram profile, 19 Sep 2019; Kristin Papaconstantinou Instagram profile, 01 Jan 2018; Queen's Gaels Facebook page, 14 Nov 2018)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo and compete at the Paralympic Games until 2028. She also wants to set world records in both the 100m and 200m in her category. (greekpress.ca, 16 Jun 2019; voyageurprofile.wordpress.com, 26 Feb 2019; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Impairment
She was born without a right foot. (canadaam.ctvnews.ca, 26 May 2014)
Other information
FUTURE PLANS
She hopes to go into broadcasting and public speaking when she retires from the sport. She has studied sports media at Ryerson University in Toronto, ON, Canada. "When I look into the future, there's a bigger picture of what I want to do. I want to get into broadcasting eventually. Presently, I want to create a brand for myself through my track career, that will help to establish things like public speaking. A platform to educate people on Para sport, Paralympic athletes, people with disabilities, etc." (voyageurprofile.wordpress.com, 26 Feb 2019)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She has served as an ambassador for the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto, ON, Canada. In 2018 she was an ambassador for the Canadian Paralympic Committee's Paralympian Search talent identification day. (Leaders Today Facebook page, 02 Jun 2017; paralympic.ca, 01 Jan 2018; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)

EXHIBITION
In 2014 she was featured as the focal point of an exhibit about 21st century bionics at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, ON, Canada. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; ctvnews.ca, 26 May 2014)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T44 Heat 1 2015-10-23 6
Women's 200 m T44 Final 1 2015-10-24 7
Women's 100 m T44 Final 1 2015-10-29 8
Women's 100 m T44 Heat 1 2015-10-29 6
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T44 Heat 2 2016-09-14 9999
Women's 100 m T44 Heat 1 2016-09-17 3
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T44 Final 1 2017-07-17 6
Women's 100 m T44 Heat 1 2017-07-17 6
Women's 200 m T44 Heat 2 2017-07-22 7
Women's 200 m T44 Final 1 2017-07-23 7