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STEWART Akeem
Sport Athletics, Para athletics
NPC Trinidad & Tobago   
GenderMen
Age30
Height1.93 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Leg length difference
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
F43
Further Personal Information
Residence
Trinidad & Tobago
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics at age five in Trinidad and Tobago. He competed in Para athletics for the first time in 2013 in Medellin, Colombia.
Why this sport?
His father introduced him to the sport.
Club / Team
Tobago Falcons Athletic Club : Trinidad & Tobago
Name of coach
Wade Franklyn, TTO; Julian Edmonds
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Trinidad & Tobago
Location
Medellín, COL
General Interest
Nicknames
Gentle Giant (Facebook profile, 01 Apr 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold and setting a world record at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
His father Wayne, and coach Wade Franklin. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
US shot putter Brian Oldfield. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Injuries
He had a knee injury in April 2019. (newsday.co.tt, 17 Apr 2019)

He sustained a shoulder injury in 2019. (newsday.co.tt, 27 Mar 2020)

He suffered from knee and finger injuries between 2011 and 2016. (Athlete, 05 Sep 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sports do not build character, they help reveal it." (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
In July 2020 he was presented with Tobago's Medal of Honour for his contribution to sport. (TTT Live Online YouTube channel, 04 Jul 2020)

In 2016 and 2019 he was named Male Athlete of Year at the by the Tobago Falcons Athletics Club in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. (thasportandyouth.com, 20 Dec 2019; guardian.co.tt, 28 Dec 2016)

He received a Special Recognition award at the 2019 Tobago House of Assembly [THA] Sport Awards. (newsday.co.tt, 08 Feb 2020)

In May 2017 he carried the Queen's Baton in Trinidad and Tobago during the relay ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (guardian.co.tt, 31 May 2017)

He was named the 2016 Sportsman of the Year at the THA Sport Awards in Trinidad and Tobago. (trinidadexpress.com, 22 May 2017)

He was flag bearer for Trinidad and Tobago at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (myinfo.rio2016.com, 06 Sep 2016)

He was named the 2015 Sports Personality of the Year by the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee [TTOC]. (newsday.co.tt, 31 Dec 2015)

In 2015 he received a Sporting Achievement Award from the Division of Education, Youth Affairs and Sport in Trinidad and Tobago. (deyastha.gov.tt, 04 Jun 2015)
Milestones
He became the first male athlete representing Trinidad and Tobago to win a gold medal at the Paralympic Games, claiming victory in the F44 javelin throw at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Oct 2019)

He became the first athlete from Trinidad and Tobago to win a gold medal at the Parapan American Games when he triumphed in the F44 discus in 2015 in Toronto, ON, Canada. (trinidadexpress.com, 14 Aug 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at both the 2020 Olympic Games and the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (newsday.co.tt, 27 Mar 2020)
Impairment
He has a leg length difference. (usportt.com, 21 Dec 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Commonwealth Games (Overall) - Athletics
Rank Year Event Result
9 2018 Shot Put 19.10
  2018 Discus Throw DNS
Paralympic Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
1 2016 Javelin Throw F44 57.32
2 2016 Discus Throw F44 61.72
ParaPan American Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
1 2019 Discus Throw F64 63.70
2 2019 Javelin Throw F64 55.42
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
3 2015 Discus Throw F44 59.13
4 2015 Javelin Throw F44 54.77
5 2017 Discus Throw F44 56.53
1 2017 Javelin Throw F44 57.61
1 2017 Shot Put F44 19.08
8 2019 Javelin Throw F64 52.62
5 2019 Discus Throw F64 53.16