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Matthias Boonen

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T13, F13

Further personal information

Residence
Lichtaart, BEL
Languages
Dutch

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2008.
Why this sport?
''When I saw [Jamaican runner] Usain Bolt sprinting in 2008, I knew I wanted to become a good runner as well. I like to run, I enjoy competition."
Club / Team
Looise AV: Tessenderlo, BEL
Name of coach
Frank Bastiaens, BEL; Rik Didden [sprinting]; Ludo Belmans [strength], BEL

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Belgium
Location
Tunisia

General interest

Hobbies
Supporting Belgian football side RSC Anderlecht, watching movies, reading, listening to music, gaming. (Facebook profile, 27 May 2017; Athlete, 19 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in 5000m at the 2016 European Championships in Grosseto, Italy. (Athlete, 19 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
British long distance runner Mo Farah, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, Belgian wheelchair racer Peter Genyn, Belgian cyclist Sven Nijs. (Athlete, 19 Aug 2018)
Other sports
He has competed in cross-country running at national level. (wp.looise-av.be, 14 Feb 2016)
Famous relatives
His father Leon Boonen has competed in heptathlon as a member of the Belgian national military team. (nieuwsblad.be, 31 Mar 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (vaph.be, Sep 2016)
Impairment
He was born with a visual impairment due to damage to his brain. He also has an impaired range of motion on the left side of his body. (vaph.be, Sep 2016; nieuwsblad.be, 31 Mar 2015)