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Tuomo Himanka

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Classification
T54

Further personal information

Residence
Kalajoki, FIN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Finnish, French, Swedish
Higher education
University of Oulo: Finland

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began wheelchair racing at age 12 at a sports camp in Kuortane, Finland.
Why this sport?
He was inspired to take up Para athletics after watching Finnish wheelchair racer Leo-Pekka Tahti compete on television.
Club / Team
KalajJu: Kalajoki, FIN
Training Regime
He normally trains one session a day, but increases to two sessions a day in the lead-up to a competition.

General interest

Hero / Idol
Finnish wheelchair racer Leo-Pekka Tahti. (yle.fi, 19 Jun 2012)
Injuries
In early September 2015 he suffered from gastroenteritis [stomach flu], which prevented him from competing at the 2015 Tampere Elite Championships in Finland. (Facebook page, 12 Sep 2015)
Awards and honours
In 2011 he received a gold sporting recognition medal from the region of Central Ostrobothnia, Finland. (kp24.fi, 2015)