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CUNNINGHAM Alphanso
Sport Para athletics
NPC Jamaica   
GenderMen
Age39
Place of BirthSt Catherine, JAM
Height1.21 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T53, F53
Further Personal Information
Family
One daughter
Residence
Kingston, JAM
Occupation
Technician
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 1999 in Kingston, Jamaica.
Why this sport?
He was encouraged to take up throwing sports by Paralympic coach Neville Sinclair. He also saw the sport as a way to travel.
Name of coach
Neville Sinclair [national], JAM
Senior International Debut
Year
2003
Competing for
Jamaica
General Interest
Hobbies
Basketball. (jamaicaobserver.com, 03 Oct 2019)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Stay true to myself. Stay positive." (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
He received a sporting achievement award from the RJR Sports Foundation in recognition of his performance at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (jamaicaobserver.com, 15 Jan 2016)

In 2014 he received the Order of Distinction in Jamaica. (jamaicaobserver.com, 09 Jan 2019)

In 2012, 2013 and 2014 he was named Athlete of the Year in Para Sports by the RJR Sports Foundation. (jamaicaobserver.com, 09 Jan 2019)

He was named Most Outstanding Male Athlete with an Impairment at the 2012 Commonwealth Sports Awards. (paralympic.org, 31 Oct 2012)

He was presented with the Prime Minister's Award for Excellence in Sports in 2004. (jamaicaobserver.com, 09 Jan 2019)
Other sports
He has competed in wheelchair road races in Jamaica. (jamaicaobserver.com, 02 Feb 2016)
Impairment
He was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, a congenital condition characterised by brittle bones. (jis.gov, 03 Jan 2017; Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He works as an orthopedic technician. (Facebook profile, 01 Apr 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2004 Discus Throw F53 25.18 
6 2004 Javelin Throw F52-53 18.46 
11 2008 Javelin Throw F53-54 13.86
4 2008 Discus Throw F53-54 25.90
1 2012 Javelin Throw F52-53 21.84
4 2012 Discus Throw F51/52/53 24.68
5 2016 Javelin Throw F54 19.49
10 2016 Shot Put F53 5.84
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2006 Discus Throw F53 25.04
6 2006 Javelin Throw F53 15.65
4 2013 Discus Throw F51/52/53 26.38
1 2013 Javelin Throw F52/53 24.30
6 2015 Javelin Throw F54 20.47
7 2015 Shot Put F53 6.13
8 2017 Shot Put F53 5.58
7 2017 Javelin Throw F54 17.63