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Union Sekailwe

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Classification
T38, F38

Further personal information

Residence
Cape Town, RSA
Languages
Afrikaans, English, Tswana
Higher education
Marketing - Mangaung University of the Free State : Bloemfontein, RSA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 12 while he was at school in Gelukspan, South Africa.
Why this sport?
"I was always active growing up and loved sports. I participated in a few sporting events, including sprinting."

International debut

Year
2011
Competing for
South Africa
Location
Sharjah, UAE

General interest

Hobbies
Playing wheelchair basketball, volunteering, watching sport on television, using the internet. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the T38 400m at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
South African footballer Benni McCarthy. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Injuries
In 2018 he sustained a hamstring injury. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)

A stress fracture prevented him from competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019; northwestnewspapers.co.za, 04 Nov 2016)

He sustained a calf injury in 2013. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)

In 2009 he was affected by a shoulder injury. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2016 he was named Sportsman of the Year and Para Sportsman of the Year in Matlosana, South Africa. (northwestnewspapers.co.za, 04 Nov 2016)
Other sports
He was a part of the wheelchair basketball team that won the 2013 National Championships in South Africa. (northwestnewspapers.co.za, 27 Jun 2013)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T38 Heat 1 2012-09-02 3
Men's 400 m T38 Final Round 2012-09-03 3
Men's Long Jump F37/38 Final Round 2012-09-05 10
Men's 200 m T38 Heat 1 2012-09-07 3
Men's 200 m T38 Final Round 2012-09-08 6
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T38 Semifinal 1 2013-07-21 6
Men's 100 m T38 Final 1 2013-07-22 6
Men's 200 m T38 Semifinal 1 2013-07-23 5
Men's Javelin F37/38 Final 1 2013-07-23 8
Men's 200 m T38 Final 1 2013-07-24 5
Men's 400 m T38 Final 1 2013-07-26 3
Men's 4x100 m T35-38 Final 1 2013-07-27 2
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T38 Heat 1 2015-10-22 4
Men's 200 m T38 Final 1 2015-10-22 6
Men's 400 m T38 Final 1 2015-10-29 2
Men's 100 m T38 Heat 2 2015-10-30 7
Men's 100 m T38 Final 1 2015-10-31 7
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T38 Heat 2 2017-07-17 8
Men's 200 m T38 Final 1 2017-07-18 7
Men's 100 m T38 Heat 1 2017-07-21 11
Men's 400 m T38 Final 1 2017-07-22 4