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HOLIVETS Andrii
Sport Para athletics
NPC Ukraine   
GenderMen
Age46
Place of BirthKremenchuk, URS
Height1.82 m
Weight 130 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
T12, F12
Further Personal Information
Residence
Kremenchuk, UKR
Occupation
Athlete, Coach
Languages
Russian, Ukrainian
Higher education
Coaching, Teaching - Kharkiv National Pedagogical University: Ukraine
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
As an able-bodied athlete, he began training at age 14. He took up para-athletics in 2011 in Kremenchuk, Ukraine after a 14-year break from the sport.
Why this sport?
He followed his parents into athletics. He left sports in 1997, but returned to training in October 2011 after meeting a coach who encouraged him to take up the shot put. "I went forward like a tank. I missed sport after being away from it for 14 years."
Club / Team
Invasport: Kremenchuk, UKR
Name of coach
Victoria Kozlova [personal], UKR, from 2011; Andriy Fateev [national]
Senior International Debut
Year
2012
Competing for
Ukraine
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Stadskanaal, NED
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the shot put at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (Athlete, 22 Oct 2015)
Most influential person in career
Coach Victoria Kozlova. (Athlete, 22 Oct 2015)
Hero / Idol
Ukrainian Paralympic shot putter Vasyl Lishchynskyy. (Athlete, 22 Oct 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The important thing is not to win, but to take part." (Athlete, 22 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
He received an Order of Merit in recognition of his performance at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (2000.net.ua, 27 Sep 2012)

He holds the title of Master of Sports of the International Class in Ukraine. (dsmsu.gov.ua, 04 Mar 2016)
Famous relatives
His parents both competed in athletics at an elite level. (telegraf.in.ua, 22 Sep 2012)
Impairment
His vision gradually deteriorated as he grew older, resulting in 20% vision remaining. (telegraf.in.ua, 22 Sep 2012)
Other information
BREAK FROM SPORT
He took a break from sport in 1997 due to financial issues and a hand injury. In this time he took up various jobs, such as a welder and cargo loader at a market. (telegraf.in.ua, 22 Sep 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2012 Shot Put F11/12 16.25
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2013 Shot Put F12 15.52
9 2015 Shot Put F12 13.60
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2014 Shot Put F12 14.48