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STEDMAN William
Sport Para athletics
NPC New Zealand   
GenderMen
Age21
Place of BirthChristchurch, NZL
Height1.85 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T36, F38
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Annika Duke
Residence
Christchurch, NZL
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Engineering - University of Canterbury : Christchurch, NZL
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2014 at age 14.
Why this sport?
"I never thought of athletics before, but when I went to London in 2012 [on holiday], the Paralympics were on. I thought, 'Oh I could actually try doing that', and I got quite inspired by watching them."
Club / Team
Port Hills Athletic Club: Christchurch, NZL
Name of coach
George Edwards [club, personal]
Senior International Debut
Year
2015
Competing for
New Zealand
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Doha, QAT
General Interest
Nicknames
Steady (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Hobbies
Playing the guitar and piano, music, reading, travelling, skiing. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019; athletics.org.nz, 28 Apr 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two bronze medals at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach George Edwards. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Injuries
He sustained stress reactions in 2015 and 2019. He was out of action for several weeks on both occasions. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Keep it simple and just do it." (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2017 he was named Junior Athlete of the Year at the Canterbury Athletics Awards in New Zealand. He also shared the Middle Distance Athlete of the Year award with Angie Petty. (stuff.co.nz, 15 May 2017)

He was named 2016 Junior Sportsperson of the Year by ParaFed Canterbury in New Zealand. (paralympics.org.nz, 30 Nov 2016)

He was named Boys' Outstanding Sportsperson of the Year at the 2016 Zonta Canterbury Secondary School Sports Awards in New Zealand. He also received the Boys' Outstanding Achievement Award for Para Athletes for a second time, having first won it at the 2014 edition of the awards. (stuff.co.nz, 01 Nov 2016, 05 Nov 2014)

He was named 2015 Para Athlete of the Year by Sport Canterbury in New Zealand. (stuff.co.nz, 13 Oct 2015)
Ambitions
To win long jump and 400m medals at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Facebook page, 17 Nov 2019; odt.co.nz, 21 Nov 2019)
Impairment
He was born with cerebral palsy, which predominantly affects the left side of his body, as well as his coordination. (athletics.org.nz, 01 Feb 2019; stuff.co.nz, 13 Oct 2015 )

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
5 2016 Long Jump T36 5.35
3 2016 400m T36 55.69
3 2016 800m T36 2:11.98
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
6 2015 400m T36 57.57
7 2015 Long Jump T36 5.01
Heats 2015 200m T36 26.72
4 2017 Long Jump T36 5.35
6 2017 400m T36 56.88
2 2017 800m T36 2:11.86
11 2019 100m T36 12.51
3 2019 400m T36 54.28
5 2019 Long Jump T36 5.39