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Miguel Jimenez-Vergara

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T54, F55

Further personal information

Residence
Ewing, NJ, USA
Occupation
Student
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He was introduced to Para athletics at age six with the North Jersey Navigators Club in the United States of America.
Why this sport?
His mother thought it would help with his hyperactivity and social skills. "Sport gets all that energy out so you can concentrate. I didn't want to train at first. My mother made me go to the first two track and field practises. When I trained, I was able to focus much more on my schoolwork. I was really mean. I ignored people. I was kind of a loner. Getting involved in sports changed all that."
Club / Team
North Jersey Navigators: United States

General interest

Awards and honours
He was named Best Male Athlete at the 2016 Junior World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic. (ndnj.org, 13 Jan 2017)
Other sports
He has also competed in Para ice hockey. (trentonian.com, 10 Jun 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (trentonian.com, 10 Jun 2017)
Impairment
He was born with bilateral amelia. (trentonian.com, 10 Jun 2017)
Other information
FROM COLOMBIA TO THE UNITED STATES
He was adopted from Colombia at age three by his family in the United States of America. (parasport-news.com, 29 Feb 2016)