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Reginald Benade

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F36

Further personal information

Residence
Rehoboth, NAM
Languages
Afrikaans, English
Higher education
Physical Education - University of Namibia: Windhoek, NAM

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics at school at age 11.
Why this sport?
"I was very versatile as a child in many sport types but I chose athletics because it was the sport type where I could rank myself as an individual sportsman."

International debut

Year
2008
Competing for
Namibia

General interest

Nicknames
Reg (Athlete, 01 Dec 2010)
Hobbies
Writing, training. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal in the F35/36 discus throw at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
South African rugby union player Ruben Kruger. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Injuries
In April 2016 he underwent surgery on his right shoulder and lower back in Chinese Taipei. (republikein.com.na, 12 Apr 2016)

In 2013 he took a break from competing to allow for recovery from a back injury. (namparalympics.org, 30 Mar 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Self discipline." (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Milestones
He became the first athlete representing Namibia to win a Paralympic medal when he claimed bronze in the F35/36 discus throw at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (SportsDeskOnline, 18 Nov 2019; paralympic.org, 23 Nov 2010)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (lelamobile.com, 21 Mar 2019)
Impairment
He was involved in a motorcycle accident, which resulted in cerebral palsy. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Other information
RETURN TO THE SPORT
He took a three-year break from the sport between 2016 and 2019 due to a back injury. "I used to have back pains after training but I travelled to Chinese Taipei for a year, where I received treatment which really helped with my back pains. I wanted to quit the sport but after seeing that I still have something to offer I will start training well again so I can improve on my technique." (lelamobile.com, 21 Mar 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F35/36 Final Round 6
Men's Discus Throw F35/36 Final Round 3
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F35/36 Final 2011-01-23 7
Men's Discus Throw F35/36 Final 2011-01-28 2
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F35/36 Final Round 2012-09-03 6
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F36 Final 1 2015-10-22 8