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William Stedman



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
T36, F38

Further personal information

Christchurch, NZL
Higher education
Engineering - University of Canterbury : Christchurch, NZL

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2014 at age 14.
Why this sport?
"I never thought of athletics before, but when I went to London in 2012 [on holiday], the Paralympics were on. I thought, 'Oh I could actually try doing that', and I got quite inspired by watching them."
Club / Team
Port Hills Athletic Club: Christchurch, NZL
Name of coach
George Edwards [club], from 2014

International debut

Competing for
New Zealand
World Championships
Doha, QAT

General interest

Steady (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Playing the guitar and piano, music, reading, travelling, skiing. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019;, 28 Apr 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two bronze medals at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach George Edwards. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
He sustained stress reactions in 2015 and 2019. He was out of action for several weeks on both occasions. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Keep it simple and just do it." (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Awards and honours
He was named 2020 Para Athlete of the Year at the Canterbury Athletics Awards in New Zealand. (Port Hills Athletic Club Facebook page, 18 Oct 2020)

In 2017 he was named Junior Athlete of the Year at the Canterbury Athletics Awards in New Zealand. He also shared the Middle Distance Athlete of the Year award with Angie Petty. (, 15 May 2017)

He was named 2016 Junior Sportsperson of the Year by ParaFed Canterbury in New Zealand. (, 30 Nov 2016)

He was named 2015 Para Athlete of the Year by Sport Canterbury in New Zealand. (, 13 Oct 2015)
To win long jump and 400m medals at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Facebook page, 17 Nov 2019;, 21 Nov 2019)
He was born with cerebral palsy, which predominantly affects the left side of his body, as well as his coordination. "I'm not as strong at my left side, also my coordination is impaired. When I'm sitting down or walking, it's not too bad. When I'm running my left side only does what it wants to do, so my running forms are not that great." (WeAreCanterbury Facebook page, 21 Apr 2020)
Other information
He was initially classified T38 when he began competing in New Zealand. In 2015 he obtained his international classification and was classified T36 by the International Paralympic Committee [IPC]. "If you're an amputee, it's pretty clear cut, they make sure that you're in the right boundaries, whereas in cerebral palsy things could go a little bit more subjective. The IPC moved me down to T36 which was like a big thing. I was super quick [in the T38 class], and then suddenly like the qualifying time was a lot more achievable [in the T36]. So then I managed to qualify for the world championships and other big events. I've been classified twice in the past two years [speaking in 2020], and it came out the same." (WeAreCanterbury Facebook page, 21 Apr 2020)

He had to catch up his school lessons after leaving for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "I was away for six weeks. My teachers were giving me works early if I could. My parents had a friend from our church who managed to tutor me. But then it was a case of making sure that I was working hard and finding times to catch up, to make sure that I wouldn't fall behind." (WeAreCanterbury Facebook page, 21 Apr 2020)


Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T36 Heat 2 2015-10-22 3
Men's 400 m T36 Final 1 2015-10-23 6
Men's Long Jump T36 Final 1 2015-10-27 7
Men's 200 m T36 Heat 1 2015-10-30 10
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Long Jump T36 Final Round 2016-09-12 5
Men's 400 m T36 Final Round 2016-09-16 3
Men's 800 m T36 Final Round 2016-09-17 3
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Long Jump T36 Final 1 2017-07-18 4
Men's 400 m T36 Final 1 2017-07-21 6
Men's 800 m T36 Final 1 2017-07-23 2