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KENZIE Deon
Sport Para athletics
NPC Australia   
GenderMen
Age23
Place of BirthDevonport, AUS
Height1.83 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T38, F38
Further Personal Information
Residence
Canberra, ACT, AUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began running at age 12.
Why this sport?
He played Australian rules football at school and took up running as a way to improve his fitness. Athletics coach Mike Gunson suggested he switch sports and focus on sprinting.
Club / Team
North West Athletics Club : Burnie, TAS, AUS
Name of coach
Philo Saunders [personal]
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Lyon, FRA
General Interest
Nicknames
Kenz [coach Mike Gunson gave him the name due to it being easier to shout than Deon]. (paralympic.org.au, 2016)
Hobbies
Reading, spending time with friends, going to the cinema. (athletics.com.au, 2018)
Hero / Idol
US long distance runner Steve Prefontaine, Australian middle distance runner Nicole Perry. (paralympic.org.au, 2016)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
His pre-competition routine involves warming up one hour beforehand, listening to the song 'Best of You' by US band Foo Fighters, and beating his chest or hands together. (paralympic.org.au, 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Stay hungry, stay foolish." (Instagram profile, 01 Jan 2019)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2016/17 Tasmanian Para Athlete of the Year in Australia. (examiner.com.au, 28 May 2017)

He was voted the U18 Athlete of the Year in 2014 by Athletics Tasmania. (theadvocate.com.au, 14 Dec 2014)

He was named the Best Male Athlete at the 2013 Advocate Junior Sports Awards in Burnie, TAS, Australia. (theadvocate.com.au, 14 Dec 2014)
Other sports
He has participated in able-bodied athletics competitions at national level. (themercury.com.au, 16 May 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (theadvocate.com.au, 26 Feb 2019)
Impairment
He has cerebral palsy which affects the right side of his body. (abc.net.au, 08 Jul 2015)
Other information
GAP YEAR
In 2015 he took a break from his studies to focus on his running. (themercury.com.au, 16 May 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2016 1500m T38 4:14.95
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2013 1500m T38 4:14.21
7 2015 800m T38 2:11.58
3 2015 1500m T38 4:11.60
2 2017 800m T38 2:02.15
1 2017 1500m T38 4:06.68
3 2019 1500m T38 4:08.49