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Stefania Daney Gudmundsdottir

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Classification
T20, F20

Further personal information

Family
Partner Jon Margeir Sverrisson
Residence
Akureyri, ISL
Languages
English, Icelandic

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began Para athletics in 2011.
Why this sport?
Her mother found books did not appeal to Stefania due to her atypical autism. She decided to encourage Stefania to pursue sports instead. "The sports came in quickly, I was about six years old when I started practising football, golf, athletics and various other sports, just all sports to begin with. I did athletics with great ambition, and at around the age of 14 we were told that I could reach far in the ranks of Para athletics."
Club / Team
Eik Sports Club: Akureyri, ISL

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Iceland

General interest

Hobbies
Reading, travelling, walking, spending time with animals. (Athlete, 19 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 European Championships in Grosseto, Italy. (Athlete, 19 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Polish Para long jumper Karolina Kucharczyk. (Athlete, 19 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. (Athlete, 19 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"We only live once so follow your dreams and never say 'never'. Be strong and believe in yourself." (Instagram profile, 28 Jul 2018)
Other sports
She has played golf and boccia at national level in Iceland. (obi.is, 08 Aug 2014)
Famous relatives
Her partner Jon Margeir Sverrisson won a gold medal in swimming for Iceland at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. He also competed in Para athletics [T20 400m and 800m] at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (Facebook profile, 17 Mar 2020; SportsDeskOnline, 24 Mar 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Facebook page, 24 Feb 2020)
Impairment
She was diagnosed with atypical autism in seventh grade. She also has a congenital visual impairment. "I have a vision impairment in one eye and was diagnosed when I was nine years old. I have been enduring the impairment since birth. And then I was also diagnosed with atypical autism in seventh grade. I could sometimes say all sorts of things that those who did not know that I was autistic would feel like I was a bit confused. When I moved from Grenivik to Akureyri [at age three], a lot changed there, I was no longer always alone and I enjoyed myself. At first I did not want to tell anyone but as time went on I found that it was good to be able to say that I was autistic, and my parents also imprinted in me not to be shy about explaining it and it made life easier." (mbl.is, 11 Jul 2019; mbl.is, 11 Aug 2018)