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Yaroslav Okapinskyi

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Classification
T37

Further personal information

Residence
Muravyshche, UKR
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
Russian, Ukrainian

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began training in Para athletics at age 16 in Lutsk, Ukraine.
Why this sport?
His father encouraged him to begin the sport as he believed it would strengthen his character.
Club / Team
Invasport: Lutsk, UKR
Name of coach
Andriy Fateev [personal], UKR

International debut

Year
2018
Competing for
Ukraine
Location
Paris, FRA

General interest

Nicknames
Slavik, Yarik (VK profile, 05 Apr 2020; Instagram profile, 24 Mar 2020)
Hobbies
Reading books. (Athlete, 22 Mar 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing sixth in the T37 400m at the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (SportsDeskOnline, 02 Aug 2021; pravda.volyn.ua, 18 Jan 2020; paralympic.org, 09 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. (Athlete, 22 Mar 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"No one can lose faith in oneself, because faith in yourself is what is always there." (pravda.volyn.ua, 18 Jan 2020)
Awards and honours
In 2020 he received the title of Master of Sport of International Class in Ukraine. (volynrada.gov.ua, 11 Dec 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the Paralympic Games. (Athlete, 22 Mar 2021)