Tom Giannettino

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired range of motion
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T46

Further personal information

Residence
Throop, NY, USA
Occupation
Retired, Veteran
Languages
English
Higher education
Community College of the Air Force: Montgomery, AL, USA

Sport specific information

Why this sport?
He developed post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD] following the assault that led to his impairment. He was inspired to take up sport after seeing a para-triathlete with one leg on the internet. "The competition and athleticism were going to be my mechanism to come back and to fight this and win."

General interest

Nicknames
Tom (fairfax2015.com, 01 May 2015)
Most influential person in career
His father. (fairfax2015.com, 01 May 2015)
Other sports
He has competed in para-triathlon and para-duathlon at international level. (triathlon.org, 2016)
Impairment
He was working as an investigator with the New York State Police in United States of America. In November 2010 he arrested a guest in a casino for fighting. The man assaulted him as he was escorting him to the front door. He was elbowed in the face, sustaining serious injuries to his jaw and right shoulder. He required two operations and physical therapy but is unable to lift his right arm past his hip. (fairfax2015.com, 01 May 2015; nccnews.expressions.syr.edu, 21 Apr 2015)
Other information
WORKING CAREER
He served for 21 years in the United States Air Force and New York Air National Guard. In 1999 he began working as a uniform trooper for the New York State Police, including assisting in the city in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks in 2001. He was promoted to investigator in 2007, but retired in 2012 because of his injuries. (fairfax2015.com, 01 May 2015)