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KASHAFALI Salum Ageze
Sport Para athletics
NPC Norway   
GenderMen
Age26
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
F12, T12
Further Personal Information
Residence
Bergen, NOR
Occupation
Teacher
Languages
French, Norwegian, Swahili
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics at age 17 in Bergen, Norway.
Why this sport?
He used to play football but switched to athletics after his vision continued to deteriorate. "It got to the point that I couldn't see anything. So, I tried track and I won my first race."
Club / Team
IL Norna Salhus: Norway
Name of coach
Jan Hordvik [personal]
Senior International Debut
Year
2019
Competing for
Norway
Tournament
Grand Prix
Location
Nottwil, SUI
General Interest
Injuries
A hamstring injury meant he was unable to compete for two years between 2017 and 2019. (paralympic.org, 25 May 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Everything is possible. It doesn't matter if you cannot see or cannot walk, you can always do something. Get up and train and do enough to succeed." (insidethegames.biz, 09 Aug 2019)
Awards and honours
He was named Male Para Athlete of the Year at the 2020 Norway Sports Gala. (snl.no, 07 Jan 2020; Instagram profile, 05 Jan 2020)
Other sports
He has competed in able-bodied athletics and won a gold medal in the 60m sprint at the 2015 Norwegian Indoor Championships. (norwegianamerican.com, 25 Dec 2019; paralympic.org, 13 Jun 2019)
Impairment
He was diagnosed with Stargardt disease at age 12. The condition causes a loss of central vision. "I've had a lot of support. To go from able-bodied athletics to Para athletics. You can't immediately see that I have a vision impairment. You have to look a little bit closer, to follow me a little bit, to see that. Some people thought I was faking they didn't believe me at first. But most people have been very good and very supportive to me." (european-athletics.org, 21 Aug 2019; paralympic.org, 13 Jun 2019; ba.no, 13 Jun 2019)
Other information
FROM CONGO TO NORWAY
Born in Congo, he and his family moved to Norway in 2004 to escape a civil war. "It was very hard as I only spoke Swahili and French. It was very difficult to adapt but I came through it in the end with the help of friends around me who helped me. Coming to Norway saved my life. Getting here was like winning the lottery and becoming a billionaire. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that I would have roof over my head and food on the table every day. It was just like a dream." (nrk.no, 13 Jun 2019; insidethegames.biz, 09 Aug 2019)

OCCUPATION
He works as a math teacher at a junior high school in Bergen, Norway. (norwegianamerican.com, 25 Dec 2019; european-athletics.org, 21 Aug 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2019 100m T12 10.54