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Matthew Hickling

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Classification
T34

Further personal information

Residence
Leeds, ENG
Languages
English
Higher education
Sport Studies - Leeds City College: England

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began the sport at age 13 at the John Charles Centre for Sport in Leeds, England.
Club / Team
Leeds City: England

General interest

Hero / Idol
British wheelchair racer David Weir. (yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk, 02 Jul 2008)
Injuries
In 2013 he shattered his left knee and damaged his right knee while playing wheelchair rugby. (heartresearch.org.uk, 01 Jan 2015)

He did not compete at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London after tearing a ligament while warming up for a race in Switzerland in August 2012. (leedscitycollege.ac.uk, 30 Aug 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you don't have something to aim for, you have nothing. I know my disability won't get better, but hopefully I have as a person.” (heartresearch.org.uk, 01 Jan 2015)
Awards and honours
He won the 2008 Young Achiever Award at the Yorkshire Disability Sports Award Dinner. (yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk, 02 Jul 2008)
Other sports
He has also played wheelchair basketball for the Leeds Spiders. (leedscitycollege.ac.uk, 30 Aug 2012)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (heartresearch.org.uk, 01 Jan 2015)
Impairment
He has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair for mobility. (leedscitycollege.ac.uk, 30 Aug 2012)