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JANSSON Joel
Sport Para athletics
NPC Sweden   
GenderMen
Age28
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
T13, F13
Further Personal Information
Residence
Sweden
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
Higher education
Translation/interpretation
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began athletics at age 11, and took up the javelin throw at age 16.
Why this sport?
He used to play football, but after his vision got worse he had to quit. "It was very hard, but I couldn't drag the team down. I realised that it would be better to find an individual sport." He then tried gymnastics, before settling for athletics. "I chose the javelin because that's where the good results came from."
Club / Team
Bollnas FIK: Sweden
Senior International Debut
Year
2016
Competing for
Sweden
General Interest
Ambitions
To compete at the Paralympic Games, and to win medals at major competitions. (paralympics.se, 10 Jul 2019)
Impairment
He has Stargardt disease, a form of macular degeneration, causing progressive vision loss. He lost 70% of his eyesight in six months at age 10. (helahalsingland.se, 26 Apr 2016)
Other information
STUDIES
He has studied to become an interpreter and translator in Spanish. He reads by using a small but strong magnifying glass. "It's painstakingly slow, but I can read the letters." (helahalsingland.se, 26 Apr 2016; helahalsingland.se, 14 Jul 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
10 2017 Javelin Throw F13 43.53
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
9 2016 Javelin Throw F13 44.62
6 2016 Discus Throw F12 29.87