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CHARLES Ishona
Sport Para athletics
NPC Grenada   
GenderWomen
Age36
Height1.63 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F46
Further Personal Information
Residence
Grenada
Occupation
Athlete, Clerk
Languages
English
Higher education
Business Management - St George's University: Grenada
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the javelin at age nine, and began Para athletics in 2018.
Why this sport?
She was encouraged by her coach to take up Para athletics after she acquired her impairment. "I tried other sports such as football, netball and volleyball, but it was athletics which caught my attention the most. After what happened, my coach insisted I should go back to training. And I did."
Club / Team
St David's Track Blazers: Grenada
Name of coach
Paul Phillip [personal], GRN, from 2018; Josh Hazzard [personal]
Senior International Debut
Year
2019
Competing for
Grenada
Location
Tempe, AZ, USA
General Interest
Hobbies
Hiking, fishing, reading, playing sports. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in the F46 javelin at the 2019 Desert Challenge Games in Tempe, AZ, United States of America. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Paul Phillip. "He's a father figure for us athletes." (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019; Grenada Sports YouTube channel, 21 Aug 2020)
Hero / Idol
Grenadian javelin thrower Anderson Peters. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I use my impairment as my motivation." (Grenada Paralympic Committee Facebook page, 18 May 2020)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Grenada Paralympic Committee Facebook page, 18 May 2020)
Impairment
Her left forearm was amputated as the result of an attack she experienced by a neighbour in 2005. "My ability to run saved my life. If I wasn't able to then I probably wouldn't be alive today." (Grenada Paralympic Committee Facebook page, 18 May 2020; paralympic.org, 28 Jun 2017)
Other information
TRAINING ABROAD
In September 2019, together with coach Josh Hazzard, she participated in a training programme for athletes and coaches at Nippon Sport Science University in Tokyo, Japan. Earlier in 2019 she attended a training programme at Miami University in Oxford, OH, United States of America. (sportcaraibe.com, 04 Sep 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
9 2021 Javelin Throw F46 28.75
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
13 2019 Javelin Throw F46 27.15