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Ruhan van Rooyen

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T37, F37

Further personal information

Residence
Cape Town, RSA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Afrikaans, English
Higher education
Accounting - Stellenbosch University: South Africa

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2013 at school in Cape Town, South Africa.
Why this sport?
His Para cycling team's support staff thought that he would be good at athletics. Following this, he competed in athletics trials in Stellenbosch, South Africa, and decided to focus on the sport. "I would say to anyone with a similar disability to create a niche for themselves by doing what they excel in."

International debut

Year
2017
Competing for
South Africa

General interest

Nicknames
SilverFuze (Instagram profile, 28 Jan 2020)
Hobbies
Making YouTube videos. (Instagram profile, 28 Jan 2020)
Most influential person in career
His parents, and coach Heinrich Fortuin. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you work hard, you will succeed." (Athlete, 12 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named in Forbes Africa's 30 Under 30 list for sport in 2019. (thesouthafrican.com, 28 Jun 2019)

He was named the 2013 Junior Athlete of the Year by the South African Sports Association for Physically Disabled [SASAPD]. (issuu.com, 17 Dec 2013)
Other sports
He has competed in Para cycling. (sascoc.co.za, 23 Oct 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Maties ParaSport Facebook page, 21 Apr 2017)
Impairment
He was born with paralysis in his lower left arm and foot. (wpsapd.co.za, 02 Feb 2015; sascoc.co.za, 23 Oct 2014)

Results

Unit Date Rank
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T37 Heat 2 2017-07-17 7
Men's 200 m T37 Final 1 2017-07-18 6
Men's 100 m T37 Heat 2 2017-07-19 7
Men's 100 m T37 Final 1 2017-07-20 6