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KASHAFALI Salum Ageze
Sport Athletics, Para athletics
NPC Norway   
GenderMen
Age28
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T12, F12
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], NOR
Senior International Debut
Year
2019
Competing for
Norway
Tournament
Grand Prix
Location
Nottwil, SUI
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in the T12 100m at the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (friidrett.no, 15 Nov 2019)
Injuries
Ahead of the Impossible Games in Oslo, Norway in June 2020 he struggled with an inflammation injury that caused him to miss three weeks of sprint training. (smp.no, 11 Jun 2020)

He was troubled by a hamstring injury during 2018. (worldathletics.org, 18 Sep 2020; 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 the 2020 Para Athlete of the Year in Norway by the Norwegian Athletics Association and Male Para Athlete of the Year at the 2020 Norway Sports Gala. (idrettsgalla.no, 10 Jan 2021; nrk.no, 01 Dec 2020; Instagram profile, 05 Jan 2020)
Other sports
He has competed in able-bodied athletics and won gold medals in the 100m at the 2019 national championships in Norway and in the 60m at the 2015 national indoor championships in Norway. (worldathletics.org, 18 Sep 2020; norwegianamerican.com, 25 Dec 2019; paralympic.org, 13 Jun 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (aftenposten.no, 25 Sep 2020)
Impairment
He was diagnosed with Stargardt disease at age 12. The condition causes a loss of central vision. (european-athletics.org, 21 Aug 2019; paralympic.org, 13 Jun 2019; ba.no, 13 Jun 2019)
Other information
FROM ATHLETICS TO PARA ATHLETICS
Having competed as an able-bodied athlete since 2011 he made the decision to try Para athletics during a period in 2018 when he was struggling with a hamstring injury and his eyesight deteriorated. He was classified as a Para athlete in 2019. "People have been tremendous about me moving to Para athletics. I've had a lot of support. To go from normal athletics to Para athletics, I didn't know how it was going to go. 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." (friidrett.no, 01 Mar 2021; insidethegames.biz, 30 Nov 2020)

FROM CONGO TO NORWAY
Born in Congo, he and his family moved to Norway when he was 11 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. Coming to Norway saved my life. My childhood was not about running or playing football, it was about finding food and surviving, so getting here was like winning the lottery and becoming a billionaire. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that I would have a roof over my head and food on the table every day. It was just like a dream." (insidethegames.biz, 09 Aug 2019; nrk.no, 13 Jun 2019)

OCCUPATION
He works as a maths teacher at a junior high school in Bergen, Norway. (insidethegames.biz, 30 Nov 2020; norwegianamerican.com, 25 Dec 2019; european-athletics.org, 21 Aug 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
1 2021 100m T12 10.43
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
1 2019 100m T12 10.54
European Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
7 2021 Long Jump T12 6.26
1 2021 100m T12 10.70