Imagen
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Noa Bak-Pedersen

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Classification
T37

Further personal information

Residence
Copenhagen, DEN
Occupation
Athlete, Model, Student
Languages
Danish
Higher education
Language Studies, Mathematics - Vestegnen HF & VUC: Denmark

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began practising athletics while on a school trip to Lanzarote, Spain. He won a race against able-bodied children, so his school teacher contacted a coach and he was invited to start training.
Why this sport?
He wanted to test himself and try to become Denmark's fastest Para athlete. "When I run I feel like a beast. I feel cool."
Club / Team
Frederiksberg IF Atletik: Denmark
Name of coach
Anders Dehlholm [national]

General interest

Other sports
He has played for the Danish cerebral palsy national football team. (k-h.dk, 01 Feb 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (bt.dk, 27 July 2016)
Impairment
He was born with several holes in his heart and fluid in his lungs, resulting in him spending much of the first years of his life in hospital. At age two he became paralysed on his left side due to two blood clots and he had to undergo a heart transplant. "As a person with a heart transplant, I was told that I would have an average life expectancy of 15 years. I've had my new heart for 19 years now [speaking in 2018]. My doctor actually advised me not to start sprinting. I have just acknowledged that I have to live life while I have it. I'm not afraid of death. That's also why I dare to sprint." (tv2lorry.dk, 31 May 2018; bt.dk, 27 July 2016)
Other information
VOLUNTEER
He has volunteered for the Danish Red Cross Youth, a humanitarian youth organisation. (Facebook profile, 03 Feb 2021)

OTHER STUDIES
He has studied at the Copenhagen Adult Education Centre [KVUC] in Denmark. (Facebook profile, 03 Feb 2021)