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GESINI Ari
Sport Para athletics
NPC Australia   
GenderMen
Age18
Place of BirthCanberra, AUS
Height1.85 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T38
Further Personal Information
Residence
Canberra, ACT, AUS
Occupation
Student
Languages
English, French, Italian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics at age five in Canberra, ACT, Australia.
Why this sport?
He began playing sports to aid his coordination and mobility. He then learned about the Paralympic Games. "Knowing it, I have done so much research on all the different Games, athletes, classes, everything."
Club / Team
ACT Para Athletics Talent Squad: Canberra, ACT, AUS
Name of coach
Iryna Dvoskina; Sebastian Kuzminski
Senior International Debut
Year
2019
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Dubai, UAE
General Interest
Nicknames
Gezza, Baby Giraffe (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hobbies
Walking his dog, cycling. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in T35-38 long jump at the 2017 World Junior Championships in Nottwil, Switzerland. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
His first athletics coach Chris Timpson, South African athlete Luvo Manyonga. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He changes his socks in the middle of competition and tucks his necklace on the runway. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground." [Theodore Roosevelt] (paralympic.org.au, 01 Jan 2018)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2014/15 Youth Para Athlete of the Season by Athletics ACT in Australia. (athleticsact.org.au, 21 May 2016)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Impairment
He was diagnosed with left-sided hemiplegic cerebral palsy at age three. (paralympic.org.au, 01 Jan 2018; ACT Para-Athletics Talent Squad Facebook page, 25 Jul 2017)
Other information
EXAM DELAY
He put on hold his final year 12 high school exams until 2020 to prepare and compete at the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. "I have had to move my final year 12 exams to next year as they take place on the week of the Dubai World Championships. This has meant my school has had to make accommodations for me that has never been done like this before." (Instagram profile, 30 Sep 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
12 2019 100m T38 12.05
4 2019 Long Jump T38 6.16