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Taonere Banda



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
T13, F13

Further personal information

Son Ernest [2014]
Nkhotakota, MAW

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics in 2012.
Why this sport?
She liked running but was unable to begin the sport due to her visual impairment until 2012 when her home district of Nkhotakota was visited by representatives of the Malawi Paralympic Committee, who were looking for local talent to compete in regional and national championships. "I liked running. I never took part in athletics at school because most of the sports teachers were looking for people without an impairment. They'd say, 'No, you can't do this. You cannot run with this condition.' So I had to hide my passions. After being identified by the local institution, I was selected to participate at the stadium in Blantyre where athletes from 11 districts took part. I ran the 400m and 800m, and came first in both. I was so happy when I was chosen."
Name of coach
Agnes Chikwakwa [national], MAW
Training Regime
She trains 20 hours per week in two sessions per day.

General interest

Swimming, reading, watching athletics competitions. (Athlete, 21 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Achieving the qualification standard to compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
James Chiutsi [president of Malawi Paralympic Committee]. (Athlete, 21 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
Kenyan athlete Nelly Nasimiyu Munialo (Athlete, 21 Aug 2021)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2019 Best Sportswoman with Impairment at the Malawi Sports Awards. (, 02 Apr 2020;, 14 Feb 2020)

She was flag bearer for Malawi at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 06 Sep 2016)
She became the first athlete to represent Malawi at the Paralympic Games when she competed in the T13 1500m at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Oct 2019;, 15 Sep 2016)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Her vision impairment developed at age six months. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Other information
She has stated that James Chiutsi, the president of the Malawi Paralympic Committee, is the person who inspired her pursue her career in athletics. "He is the one who saw the potential in me and gave me the resources to be an athlete. If it were not for him, I would never even dream of competing at a Paralympic Games." (Malawi National Paralympic Committee, 21 Aug 2021; Athlete, 21 Aug 2021)

In 2019 she spent two weeks training in Japan as part of her preparations for the 2020 Paralympic Games. (, 06 Sep 2019)


Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 1500 m T13 Heat 1 2016-09-08 9999