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Tom Fruewirth

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
H4

Further personal information

Residence
Edelsbach bei Feldbach, AUT
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, German

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 24.
Why this sport?
He took up Para cycling after he was unable to continue competing in motocross. "I love sport."
Club / Team
Grazer Versehrten Sportclub: Austria

General interest

Nicknames
Tigger Tom (Facebook profile, 08 May 2020; Athlete, 20 Aug 2021)
Hobbies
Music, reading. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2021)
Injuries
In 2010 he dislocated his shoulder in a mono-skiing accident and was out of action for three months. (Athlete, 10 Sep 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't worry, be happy, and do your best." (tiggertom.at, 10 Nov 2015)
Other sports
He has competed internationally in Para triathlon, Para cycling and Para athletics. Prior to his accident, enduro and motocross racing was his main sport since childhood. He had worked for Steyr-Daimler-Puch and for KTM motorcycles in the development department and had started a career in motocross racing prior to his accident. (obsv.at, 14 May 2020; tiggertom.at, 10 Nov 2015; kleinezeitung.at, 19 Jun 2014)
Ambitions
To complete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (obsv.at, 14 May 2020)
Impairment
In 2004 he was involved in a motorcycle accident in Poland. (Athlete, 10 Sep 2016; tiggertom.at, 10 Nov 2015)