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Stephen Machak

Athletics | Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S6, SB5, SM6

Further personal information

Residence
Pompton Plains, NJ, USA
Occupation
Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Accounting - Loyola University Maryland: Baltimore, MD, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He got involved in Para sports at age five. In addition to swimming he joined an athletics club and a wheelchair basketball team.
Why this sport?
"Water is the great equaliser."

General interest

Hobbies
Following Duke University sports teams. (eu.dailyrecord.com, 19 Feb 2018)
Most influential person in career
His father Gregg. (nbc15.com, 19 Jul 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I always knew I was different, but I quickly began to realise that it's okay to be different. Everybody's different, and it's something to celebrate not look down on." (nbc15.com, 19 Jul 2016)
Awards and honours
He was named a 2014 Track and Field High School All-American in the 1500m by US Paralympics. (teamusa.org, 15 Sep 2014)
Other sports
He competed in athletics [javelin] at the 2014 National Junior Disability Championships in Ames, IA, United States of America. (iowastatedaily.com, 09 Jul 2014)
Famous relatives
His sister Kendall Machak played football for Stony Brook University and Kean University in the United States of America, and began working as an athletic training assistant at Nichols College in 2019. (nicholsathletics.com, 01 Jun 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Outside of sport he hopes to become a financial analyst or accountant. (dailyrecord.com, 20 Sep 2014; eu.dailyrecord.com, 19 Feb 2018)
Impairment
A form of cancer [neuroblastoma] on his spine before birth resulted in paralysis. (timesofsandiego.com, 17 Aug 2015; dailyrecord.com, 15 Sep 2014; eu.dailyrecord.com, 19 Feb 2018)