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SCARONI Susannah
Sport Para athletics, Para cross-country
NPC United States   
GenderWomen
Age30
Height1.63 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T54
Further Personal Information
Residence
Champaign, IL, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Dietitian, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Dietics - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: United States
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began wheelchair racing in 2002 in Spokane, WA, United States of America.
Why this sport?
Her mother encouraged her to attend a sports day for people with an impairment. "I was fortunate enough to be close to Spokane, Washington, just about an hour away. There's an adaptive sports programme for youth there. So I learned about it through Shriners Hospital and immediately fell in love with it. I started out on the ParaSport Spokane team."
Club / Team
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: United States
Name of coach
Adam Bleakney
General Interest
Hobbies
Cooking, swimming, spending outdoors. (teamusa.org, 01 Dec 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Teresa Skinner. (spokesman.com, 26 Jul 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Let what you do be a signature of who you are." (illinois.edu, 2011)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (teamusa.org; 15 Sep 2020)
Impairment
She was involved in a car accident at age five. The injuries she sustained in the incident resulted in paraplegia. (ctollerun.com, 28 May 2019; aces.illinois.edu, 17 Jul 2012)
Other information
OCCUPATION
She has worked as a dietitian for the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee alongside her studies, and hopes to work in the field full-time in the future. "When you can apply and adapt [nutrition] to Para athletes, I think having been one will add a really nice element to the advice I can give in the future. So I want to just try it out and see what it's like being a sports dietitian. I haven't completely thrown out the possibility of continuing research. There's a lot of things that need to be studied in Para athletes still. I've really enjoyed sports physiology as well as nutrition science in my grad school programme so far [2019]. So I think I could see that being a possible future thing to do as well." (ahs.illinois.edu, 02 Oct 2019; nyrr.org, 01 Jun 2019)

FURTHER EDUCATION
She has studied for a postgraduate degree at the Division of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States of America. (ahs.illinois.edu, 02 Oct 2019; Division of Nutritional Sciences at University of Illinois Facebook page, 03 Jul 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
8 2012 Marathon T54 1:58:37
Round 1 2016 800m T54 1:56.42
7 2016 Marathon T54 1:38:47
1 2021 5000m T54 10:52.57
3 2021 800m T54 1:44.43
9 2021 1500m T54 3:35.53
6 2021 Marathon T54 1:41:04
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
5 2013 Marathon T54 2:00:36
6 2015 1500m T54 3:43.62
6 2015 800m T54 1:53.47
Heats 2015 5000m T54 12:46.90
6 2017 800m T54 1:53.62
6 2017 5000m T54 12:34.71
3 2019 800m T54 1:49.21
4 2019 1500m T54 3:34.78
6 2019 400m T54 57.57
3 2019 5000m T54 12:15.57
Marathon World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
5 2015 Marathon T53/54 1:47:06
13 2019 Marathon T54 2:02:00