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BENADE Reginald
Sport Para athletics
NPC Namibia   
GenderMen
Age48
Place of BirthRehoboth, NAM
Height1.98 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F36
Further Personal Information
Residence
Rehoboth, NAM
Languages
Afrikaans, English
Higher education
Physical Education - University of Namibia: Windhoek, NAM
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics at school at age 11.
Why this sport?
"I was very versatile as a child in many sport types but I chose athletics because it was the sport type where I could rank myself as an individual sportsman."
Senior International Debut
Year
2008
Competing for
Namibia
General Interest
Nicknames
Reg (Athlete, 01 Dec 2010)
Hobbies
Writing, training. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal in the F35/36 discus throw at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
South African rugby union player Ruben Kruger. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Injuries
In April 2016 he underwent surgery on his right shoulder and lower back in Chinese Taipei. (republikein.com.na, 12 Apr 2016)

In 2013 he took a break from competing to allow for recovery from a back injury. (namparalympics.org, 30 Mar 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Self discipline." (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Milestones
He became the first athlete representing Namibia to win a Paralympic medal when he claimed bronze in the F35/36 discus throw at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (SportsDeskOnline, 18 Nov 2019; paralympic.org, 23 Nov 2010)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (lelamobile.com, 21 Mar 2019)
Impairment
He was involved in a motorcycle accident, which resulted in cerebral palsy. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Other information
RETURN TO THE SPORT
He took a three-year break from the sport between 2016 and 2019 due to a back injury. "I used to have back pains after training but I travelled to Chinese Taipei for a year, where I received treatment which really helped with my back pains. I wanted to quit the sport but after seeing that I still have something to offer I will start training well again so I can improve on my technique." (lelamobile.com, 21 Mar 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2008 Discus Throw F35-36 37.57
6 2008 Shot Put F35-36 11.59
6 2012 Discus Throw F35/36 37.28
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
7 2011 Shot Put F35-36 12.20
2 2011 Discus Throw F35/36 38.37
8 2015 Shot Put F36 11.26
12 2019 Shot Put F36 10.98