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Roberto Michel

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T34

Further personal information

Residence
Trou d’Eau Douce, MRI
Languages
Creole, French

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2018.
Why this sport?
He was inspired by Mauritian Para athletes Noemie Alphonse and Mehfooz Oozeer.
Club / Team
Magic ParaSport Club: Quatre Bornes, MRI
Name of coach
Jean Marie Bhugeerathee [cnational], MRI

General interest

Hobbies
Swimming, listening to music. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing on the podium at the 2019 World Junior Championships in Nottwil, Switzerland. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Mauritian Para athletes Noemie Alphonse and Mehfooz Oozeer. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Awards and honours
He was named Para Athlete of the Year in the physical impairment category at the 2019 National Sports Awards in Mauritius. (zordi.mu, 16 Feb 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 and 2024 Paralympic Games. (lemauricien.com, 25 Sep 2020; 5plus.mu, 03 Oct 2019)
Impairment
He has a motor impairment that causes a lack of strength in his lower limbs. (lexpress.mu, 05 Aug 2019)
Other information
EARLY DAYS
He gained confidence in himself after he began taking the sport more seriously and started working with coach Jean-Marie Bhugeerathee. "I started with swimming and athletics. We practised at Maryse Justin Stadium in Reduit, and it was there that I discovered wheelchair racing. When I saw the competition equipment, I was impressed. Before, I was always nervous but since then I have been much calmer. I let go of all my anger on the wheelchair. With Jean-Marie, the work is serious. Quickly I realised that I had to choose between swimming and athletics. I do not regret this choice. I take this opportunity to encourage people with an impairment to get into sport." (5plus.mu, 03 Oct 2019)