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Michael Louwrens

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F57

Further personal information

Family
Son Michael
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Afrikaans, English
Higher education
Marketing Management - Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University: Port Elizabeth, RSA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began the sport in 1983 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
Club / Team
Eastern Province Athletics: Port Elizabeth, RSA
Name of coach
Kobus van Zyl [club], RSA

International debut

Year
1983
Competing for
South Africa
Location
Stoke Mandeville, ENG

General interest

Hobbies
Watching movies, playing golf and snooker, reading. (ecas.co.za, 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (iol.co.za, 05 Sep 2012)
Injuries
He competed at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing with a pulled tendon, having injured it a week before the competition. (roadtorio.co.za, 24 Aug 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Practice makes perfect." (Athlete, 27 Jan 2011)
Awards and honours
He was named Athletics Athlete of the Year at the 2010 Premiere Awards in London, South Africa. (nmmu.ac.za, 30 Feb 2010)

He received the Sport Achievement of the Month award for February 2010 from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (nmmu.ac.za, 30 Feb 2010)

He was named 2002 UPE Athletics Club Athlete of the Year in South Africa. (theherald.co.za, 25 Sep 2002)
Impairment
In 1980, while serving in the South African army he was suffering from a persistent back injury. He underwent surgery, but due to complications the surgery left him with very little use of both legs. (roadtorio.co.za, 24 Aug 2012)
Other information
STOLEN EQUIPMENT
At the 2006 World Championships in Assen, Netherlands, the strapping for his throwing chair was stolen just before he was about to compete. "They stopped the competition for an hour while they tried to find the strapping, and in the end I had to use a tracksuit top to strap myself to the chair." (roadtorio.co.za, 24 Aug 2012)

WINNING STREAK
He won a gold medal in the F57 shot put at the 1994 World Championships in Berlin, Germany, and remained unbeaten in that event for the next 12 years. His winning streak ended at the 2006 World Championships in Assen, Netherlands. (sascoc.co.za, 24 Aug 2012)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games (Atlanta, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F56 Final Round 1
Men's Discus Throw F56 Final Round 5
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F57/58 Final Round 5
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F57 Final Round 2
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F57 Final Round 9999
Men's Shot Put F57 Final Round 1
IPC Athletics World Championships Villeneuve d'Ascq 2002 (Villeneuve d'Ascq, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F57 Final Round 6
Men's Shot Put F57 Final Round 1
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games (Sydney, Australia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F57 Final Round 9
Men's Shot Put F57 Final Round 1
IPC Athletics World Championships Birmingham 1998 (Birmingham, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F57 Final Round 3
Men's Shot Put F57 Final Round 1
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F57/58 Final 2011-01-24 3
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F57/58 Final Round 2012-09-04 3
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F56/57 Final 1 2013-07-26 6