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Richard Chiassaro

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T54

Further personal information

Family
Wife Claire, son Leo, daughter Sienna
Residence
London, ENG
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began wheelchair racing in 2010 after switching from wheelchair basketball.
Why this sport?
He was inspired to take up the sport after watching British wheelchair racer David Weir compete at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing.
Club / Team
Harlow AC: England
Name of coach
Jenni Banks [personal], from 2013

General interest

Nicknames
Big Chief, Rich (Facebook profile, 13 Sep 2020; Twitter profile, 23 Feb 2020)
Hobbies
Spending time with his wife and children. (Instagram profile, 31 Jan 2021)
Hero / Idol
British wheelchair racer David Weir. (sportsaid.org.uk, 06 May 2014)
Injuries
In 2020 he sustained a whiplash injury which prevented him from competing in that year's British championships. (Facebook page, 03 Sep 2020)

In 2019 he experienced health issues that affected his season. (activityalliance.org.uk, 09 Nov 2019)

In August 2015 a stress fracture in his hand stopped him from competing in the 400m and 800m races at the 2015 English Championships in Bedford. (harlowstar.co.uk, 06 Aug 2015)

In 2010 he broke his wrist after his wheelchair flipped during training. He was back competing within six weeks. (herts24.co.uk, 19 Aug 2010)
Awards and honours
In October 2019 he was named on the Essex Power 100 list for that year. The list, compiled by English news website Essex Live, is comprised of the 100 most influential people from the county. (essexlive.news, 28 Oct 2019)

In November 2018 he was named Disability Sports Personality of the Year at the Active Harlow Sports Awards in England. (harlow.gov.uk, 27 Nov 2018)

He received the Para Sports Personality of the Year award at the Active Essex Sports Awards in England in 2015 and 2017. (theenquirer.co.uk, 04 Dec 2017; harlow.gov.uk, 26 Nov 2015)
Other sports
He has played wheelchair basketball for the Essex Outlaws in England. (Twitter profile, 18 Sep 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (yourharlow.com, 20 Jul 2019)
Impairment
He was born with spina bifida. (harlowstar.co.uk, 25 Sep 2015)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as a coach at Harlow Athletics Club in England. (inyourarea.co.uk, 16 Sep 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T54 Heat 2 2015-10-22 13
Men's 100 m T54 Heat 3 2015-10-25 10
Men's 400 m T54 Heat 1 2015-10-27 22
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T54 Heat 2 2016-09-11 2
Men's 400 m T54 Final Round 2016-09-12 4
Men's 800 m T54 Heat 3 2016-09-14 5
Men's 100 m T54 Heat 1 2016-09-16 3
Men's 4x400 m T53/54 Heat 2 2016-09-16 2
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T54 Final 1 2017-07-16 8
Men's 1500 m T54 Heat 2 2017-07-16 2
Men's 800 m T54 Heat 2 2017-07-17 4
Men's 200 m T54 Heat 2 2017-07-18 5
Men's 200 m T54 Final 1 2017-07-18 4
Men's 400 m T54 Heat 2 2017-07-19 4
Men's 400 m T54 Final 1 2017-07-20 3