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MESTER Mathias
Sport Para athletics
NPC Germany   
GenderMen
Age32
Place of BirthMünster, FRG
Height1.42 m
Weight 58 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
F41
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Alina Kenzel
Residence
Esslingen, GER
Languages
German
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2005 in Leverkusen, Germany.
Why this sport?
He was invited to an athletics trial training session.
Club / Team
FC Kaiserslautern: Germany
Name of coach
Willi Gernemann [national]; Markus Reichle, from 2017
Senior International Debut
Year
2006
Competing for
Germany
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Assen, NED
General Interest
Nicknames
Matze (swr.de, 04 Oct 2013)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
His father. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Injuries
A knee injury prevented him from competing at the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. (dbs-npc.de, 09 Oct 2015)

He competed at the 2012 Paralympic Games despite sustaining an injury two weeks before the Games. (netzathleten.de, 26 Aug 2016)

In March 2010 he injured his back during a strength session. He underwent surgery on the injury five months later. (mathias-mester.de, 01 Dec 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Whether small or tall, we are all just people." (menshealth.de, 14 Aug 2012)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2007, 2016 and 2017 Sportsman of the Year in Coesfeld, Germany. (radiokiepenkerl.de, 04 Aug 2018; goxel.de, 18 Jan 2008)

He was named the 2008 Paralympic Sports Personality of the Year in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. (ksta.de, 14 Apr 2009)

In 2008 he was presented with the Felix Award by the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. (ksta.de, 14 Jan 2008)

He was named the 2007 German Para Athlete of the Year. (mathiasmester.de, 2016)

He has received the Silbernes Lorbeerblatt [Silver Bay Laurel Leaf], the highest sports award in Germany. (mathias-mester.de, 01 Dec 2010)
Famous relatives
His partner Alina Kenzel is involved in athletics and has represented Germany in shot put at international level. She won a gold medal at the U20 World Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland. (Instagram profile, 15 Jul 2018; leichtathletik.de, 2018; blv-online.de, 21 Jul 2016).
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (general-anzeiger-bonn.de, 10 Mar 2018)
Impairment
He was born with achondroplasia and is a person of short stature. (mathias-mester.de, 01 Dec 2010)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He worked as a reporter for German television during the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (general-anzeiger-bonn.de, 10 Mar 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2008 Shot Put F40 11.16
7 2012 Javelin Throw F40 39.67
5 2016 Javelin Throw F41 39.99
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2006 Shot Put F40 9.49
1 2006 Javelin Throw F40 34.00
4 2013 Shot Put F41 11.07
1 2013 Javelin Throw F41 41.26
3 2017 Javelin Throw F41 40.54
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 Javelin Throw F41 38.69
2 2016 Javelin Throw F40/41 37.84
1 2018 Javelin Throw F41 37.57