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HABSCHEID Tom
Sport Para athletics
NPC Luxembourg   
GenderMen
Age36
Height1.83 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
F63
Further Personal Information
Family
Sons Max and Pol
Occupation
Public Servant
Languages
English, French, German, Luxembourgish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He got involved in Para athletics in 2012.
Why this sport?
He decided to take up the sport after watching the 2012 Paralympic Games in London on television. He had previously tried football, cycling, basketball, skiing, skateboarding, skating, and swimming, but he was not inspired to pursue any of them.
Club / Team
Cercle Athletique Dudelange [CAD]: Luxembourg
Name of coach
Fernand Heintz [personal], LUX, from 2014
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Luxembourg
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Lyon, FRA
General Interest
Nicknames
Tommy, Iron Tom (Athlete, 23 Aug 2021; Instagram profile, 24 Sep 2019)
Hobbies
Geocaching. (Athlete, 23 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal at the 2014 European Championships in Swansea, Wales, claiming a silver and a bronze medal at the 2016 European Championships in Grosseto, Italy, and competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 23 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
Coach Fernand Heintz. (Athlete, 23 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
British ski jumper Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards. (Athlete, 19 Nov 2019)
Injuries
He tore a muscle in his leg early in 2019. (mental.lu, 17 May 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up." (Athlete, 23 Aug 2021)
Awards and honours
He was nominated for the Luxembourg Sportsperson of the Year award in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. (5minutes.rtl.lu, 06 Dec 2018; wonsch.lu, 01 Jan 2018; lessentiel.lu, 14 Nov 2017)

He was named the 2015 Male Athlete of the Year by the Cercle Athletique Dudelange club in Luxembourg. (Facebook page, 21 Feb 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Luxemburger Wort, 09 Sep 2019)
Impairment
He was born without the femur in his left leg due to proximal focal femoral deficiency [PFFD]. (Athlete, 19 Nov 2019; lessentiel.lu, 24 Jul 2013)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He works at the National Audiovisual Centre in Dudelange, Luxembourg. (wort.lu, 18 May 2020)

FOOTBALL FIX
He played football at FC Jeunesse Useldange, training three times a week, but was never allowed to play an official match as he could not get permission to use his prosthesis. "As a child you have dreams that you want to fulfil somehow, and I thought it would not be possible for me. However I watched the Paralympic Games in 2012 in London and they put a lot of emphasis on the athletes. I thought, 'If I cannot play football in Luxembourg because it is difficult to find 11 men with only one leg, then why not try athletics?'" (mental.lu, 17 May 2019)

EDUCATION
He did an apprenticeship to become a baker. (mental.lu, 17 May 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
7 2016 Shot Put F42 13.28
4 2021 Shot Put F63 13.92
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2013 Discus Throw F42 39.92
9 2015 Shot Put F42 11.78
4 2015 Discus Throw F42 41.55
2 2017 Discus Throw F42 46.83
4 2017 Shot Put F42 13.79
2 2019 Shot Put F63 15.10
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
6 2014 Shot Put F42 11.38
2 2014 Discus Throw F42 40.98
3 2016 Shot Put F42 12.98
2 2016 Discus Throw F42 45.41
2 2018 Discus Throw F63 46.22
2 2018 Shot Put F63 14.03
2 2021 Shot Put F63 14.53