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Sean van Gerena

Athletics | Nordic Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F36, T36

Further personal information

Family
Daughters Megan and Riley
Residence
Orlando, FL, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Public Speaker
Languages
English
Higher education
Marketing - Bryant University: Smithfield, RI, USA

Sport specific information

Why this sport?
Before his accident he was very sporty with a particular focus on running. He was determined that despite his injuries he would return to competitive sport.

General interest

Most influential person in career
His family and friends. (liedownorstandup.org, 08 Oct 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Smiles are contagious and attitudes are infectious." (Facebook page, 23 Sep 2019)
Awards and honours
He received the 2011 Inspirational Comeback Award from USA Triathlon. (usatriathlon.org, 07 Feb 2012)
Other sports
He has represented the United States of America in Para triathlon, and competed at the 2012 and 2013 World Championships. He has also competed in Para cycling at national level in the United States of America. (Facebook page, 23 Sep 2019; triathlon.org, 01 May 2017; SportsDeskOnline, 07 May 2020)
Impairment
He has ambulating quadriplegia as the result of a car accident in 2008. He also suffered a traumatic brain injury [TBI], a broken neck and multiple strokes during the accident. (liedownorstandup.org, 08 Oct 2013)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2009 he founded Lie Down OR Stand UP!, a non-profit organisation to help improve the quality of life for people with an impairment, through initiatives including education, support programmes and training. (LinkedIn profile, 2018; liedownorstandup.org, 08 Oct 2013)

OTHER STUDIES
He studied sports marketing at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL, United States of America. (LinkedIn profile, 2018; Facebook profile, 28 Oct 2018)