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Martin Zach

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F51

Further personal information

Family
Wife Martina, son Martin [2019]
Residence
Prague, CZE
Occupation
Athlete, Business Owner
Languages
Czech, English
Higher education
Sport Studies - Masaryk University: Brno, CZE

Sport specific information

Why this sport?
"I have switched from cross-country skiing to athletics, which I always enjoyed before the accident. I like to compete, I enjoy the adrenaline. Since I was young my parents encouraged me to take part in sport."
Club / Team
ABB Pardubice: Czech Republic

General interest

Most influential person in career
His family. (seznamzpravy.cz, 18 Jan 2019)
Injuries
He tore the biceps muscle in his left arm during the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and underwent surgery in November that year. (blesk.cz, 13 Nov 2019; super.cz, 19 Nov 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2009 he won the Muz Roku [Man of the Year] beauty pageant in the Czech Republic. (lifee.cz, 29 Sep 2020; handicapcoffee.cz, 01 Feb 2020)
Other sports
Before his accident he represented the Czech Republic in cross-country skiing at youth level. (penize.cz, 16 Jun 2012)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (novinky.cz, 03 Apr 2017)
Impairment
In 2009 he jumped into a lake in Vrchlabi, Czech Republic, and hit his head on the bottom. He damaged his spinal cord in the incident, which resulted in quadriplegia. (penize.cz, 16 Jun 2012)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He runs a business called FZ Wear that sells clothing for wheelchair users. He is also co-founder of a coffee business called 'Handicap Coffee' alongside Czech Para athlete Jaroslav Petrous. A portion of the coffee business's profits go to Petrous's charity that supports children with impairments. "We have several freshly roasted coffee products, and we're transferring 10% of the sales to the KlaPeto Endowment Fund. Since Jaroslav and I are both handicapped, that's where the name of the coffees comes from. We started selling coffee on 01 September 2020 and I think the products have caught on quite a bit, we have had good feedback." (handicapcoffee.cz, 01 Feb 2020; Facebook profile, 05 Mar 2020; Facebook page, 06 Mar 2020)

COVID-19
In late 2020 he contracted COVID-19 and was still struggling with symptoms of the virus more than a month later. "It wasn't pleasant. I'm still struggling with coughing and fatigue [speaking in February 2021]. I have to have x-rays of my lungs and heart, undergo spirometry and give samples." (zivotvcesku.cz, 04 Feb 2021, 13 Nov 2020)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as a patron for Caballinus, which provides hippotherapy services for children in the Czech Republic. (Facebook profile, 05 Mar 2020; pardubice-racecourse.cz, 13 Mar 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Club Throw F51 Final 1 2017-07-17 9