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DE KEERSMAEKER Gino
Sport Para athletics
NPC Belgium   
GenderMen
Age52
Place of BirthZwijndrecht, BEL
Height1.82 m
Weight 123 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F42
Further Personal Information
Family
One daughter
Residence
Zwijndrecht, BEL
Occupation
Athlete, Coach
Languages
Dutch
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began long distance running at age 14 with encouragement from his aunt. He was spotted by sports teacher William Hautegem who suggested he try discus. After his accident in 1991 his father took him to train at the Beveren Perseverance Athletics Club in Belgium.
Why this sport?
He liked athletics before his accident and decided he wanted to continue.
Club / Team
Bloso Bruges: Belgium
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta. (Athlete, 26 Aug 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I want people with disabilities to do what it takes to lead a normal life. There has to be acceptance in society. Sports by people with disabilities helps, especially if the media show more of it." (ottobock-in-beijing.com, 06 Sep 2008)
Awards and honours
He was Belgium's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (paralympic.org, 29 Aug 2012)

He was named the 2000 Sportsman of the Year in Antwerp, Belgium. (ginodekeersmaeker.be, 21 Oct 2010)

He was named the 1996 Sportsman of the Year by Radio Antwerp. (ginodekeersmaeker.be, 21 Oct 2010)
Impairment
In 1991 he lost his left leg below the knee in an accident. (ginodekeersmaeker.be, 29 Aug 2012)
Other information
COACH
In 2014 he coached Luxembourgish para-athlete Tom Habscheid, who competes in the F42 discus. (paralympics.lu, 02 Jan 2015)

VETERAN PARALYMPIAN
He competed at five consecutive Paralympic Games between 1996 and 2012. (zwijndrecht .be, 20 Sep 2013; ginodekeersmaeker.be, 29 Aug 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 1996 Discus Throw F42 43.26 
2 2000 Discus Throw F42 45.54
4 2000 Shot Put F42 12.15
6 2004 Shot Put F42 11.93 
2 2004 Discus Throw F42 45.34 
12 2008 Shot Put F42 11.53
5 2008 Discus Throw F42 41.84
6 2012 Discus Throw F42 40.17
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 1994 Shot Put F42 10.74
3 1994 Discus Throw F42 36.78
6 1998 Shot Put F42 11.26
1 1998 Discus Throw F42 42.97
4 2002 Shot Put F42 12.02
2 2002 Discus Throw F42 45.91
6 2006 Shot Put F42 11.71
1 2006 Discus Throw F42 43.64
2 2011 Discus Throw F42 41.70
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
6 2014 Discus Throw F42 35.84