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Sebastian Dietz

Athletics
2

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F36

Further personal information

Family
Wife Sophie
Residence
Hüllhorst, GER
Occupation
Athlete, Coach
Languages
German, English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics in 2005 at the TV Wattenscheid 01 club in Germany.
Why this sport?
After recovering from his car accident, he was encouraged to reconnect with sport by his mother.
Club / Team
BSG Bad Oeynhausen: Germany
Name of coach
Alexander Holstein [club], GER

General interest

Hobbies
Football. (dietzsebastian.de, 17 Jun 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the Paralympic Games in 2012 and 2016. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
His wife Sophie. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
German Para sprinter Wojtek Czyz. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up and always stay strong." (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2017 Sportsman of the Year in Bad Oeynhausen, Germany. (westfalen-blatt.de, 16 Mar 2018)

In 2017 he was presented the Goldener Apfel [Golden Apple] by the Wirtschaftsclub [Business club] in Bad Oeynhausen, Germany. (westfalen-blatt.de, 29 Nov 2017)

In 2015 and 2017 he was named Sportsman of the Year by the BSG Bad Oeynhausen club in Germany. (nw.de, 18 Apr 2018; bsg-badoeynhausen.de, 12 Mar 2016)

He was presented the Honorary Award at the 2016 Sports Gala in Herford, Germany. (nw.de, 23 Jan 2016)

In 2016 he received the Silbernes Lorbeerblatt [Silver Laurel Leaf] in Berlin, Germany, for his achievements at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (nw.de, 03 Nov 2016)

He received the 2012 Sportsman of the Year Award in Herford, Germany. (dietzsebastian.de, 18 Jan 2013)

He was named Athlete of the Year on four occasions between 2005 and 2010 in Bochum, Germany. (Athlete, 10 Feb 2011)
Other sports
He is a former amateur football player for VFL Neustadt in Germany. In 2012 he coached the women's football team SC Enger. (Facebook profile, 14 May 2017; dietzsebastian.de, 18 Jan 2013; reviersport.de, 16 Nov 2010)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (dietzsebastian.de, 23 Nov 2018)
Impairment
He has incomplete quadriplegia as the result of a car accident in 2004, in which a family friend died. He was told that he would never walk again by doctors, but proved them wrong through his rehabilitation programme. (deutsche-paralympische-mannschaft.de, 2015; reviersport.de, 16 Nov 2010)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
In November 2018 he began serving as coordinator of sports development and rehabilitation for athletes with an impairment at the Sports Association of North Rhine-Westphalia [BRSNW] in Germany. He has also served as a board member at the BSG Bad Oeynhausen club in Germany. (brsnw.de, 16 Jul 2020; westfalen-blatt.de, 24 Apr 2019)

BREAK AND RETURN
In 2007 he took a break from athletics because he felt that there was a lack of team spirit in the disciplines he was competing in. He was also disappointed by his performance at the 2006 World Championships in Assen, Netherlands, and that he had lost his place on the German team. He devoted his time away from athletics to football, and began training youth players in the German C and D divisions. He returned to athletics in 2009 to compete at the German national championships. (dietzsebastian.de, 18 Jan 2013; reviersport.de, 16 Nov 2010)

GOLD MEDAL PROPOSAL
He proposed to his partner Sophie at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, shortly after winning gold in the F36 shot put. (spiegel.de, 17 Sep 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F35 Final Round 4
Men's Discus Throw F35 Final Round 6
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F35/36 Final 2011-01-23 4
Men's Discus Throw F35/36 Final 2011-01-28 5
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F35/36 Final Round 2012-09-03 1
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F35/36 Final 1 2013-07-22 1
Men's Shot Put F36 Final 1 2013-07-26 2
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F36 Final 1 2015-10-22 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F36 Final Round 2016-09-16 1
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F36 Final 1 2017-07-17 1