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GOSENS Gerrard
Sport Para athletics, Para Triathlon
NPC Australia   
GenderMen
Age50
Place of BirthMelbourne, AUS
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T11
Further Personal Information
Family
Son Jordan, daughter Taylor
Residence
Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Occupation
Athlete, Business Owner, Manager
Languages
English
Higher education
Business - Queensland University of Technology: Brisbane, QLD, AUS
General Interest
Hero / Idol
British middle distance runner Sebastian Coe. (paralympic.org.au, 2012)
Awards and honours
He was received the Fervent Global Love of Lives medal from the Chou Ta-Kuan Cultural and Educational Foundation in 2012. (isaac.qld.gov.au, 10 Jan 2013)

He was named the 2000 Ansvar Athlete of the Year. (crescentofbrisbane.org, 29 Dec 2009)

He was named the 1995 Young Queenslander of the Year. (crescentofbrisbane.org, 29 Dec 2009)
Other sports
He represented Australia in goalball at the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta. He has also competed in para-cycling at national level. (paralympic.org.au, 29 Dec 2009; qld.cycling.org.au, 28 Aug 2016)
Other information
BUSINESS OWNER
He is the owner and manager of Chocolate Moments/Chocolate Magic, which retails and manufactures gourmet handmade chocolates in Brisbane, QLD, Australia. (Facebook profile, 23 Jul 2016; businessnewsaus.com.au, 02 Apr 2015)

COMMUNITY WORK
To raise money for charity he has organised sponsored glider flights and also ran from Cairns to Brisbane in QLD, Australia, which is a total distance of over 2000 kilometres. He has worked as a special projects manager for Vision Australia, a non-profit organisation that provides services for the visually impaired. (isaac.qld.gov.au, 10 Jan 2013; crescentofbrisbane.org, 29 Dec 2009; visionaustralia.org, 29 Dec 2009)

TELEVISION APPEARANCE
In 2009 he became the first visually impaired contestant to appear on the Australian television programme 'Dancing With the Stars', a show where celebrities are paired with dance professionals and perform routines in front of an audience. (businessnewsaus.com.au, 02 Apr 2015; visionaustralia.org, 29 Dec 2009)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
6 2000 10000m T11 37:05.64
6 2000 5000m T11 17:27.01
8 2000 Marathon T11 2:03:18
6 2008 1500m T11 4:24.65
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
4 2002 1500m T11 4:34.20
6 2002 5000m T11 16:56.94
5 2006 1500m T11 4:25.81
8 2011 1500m T11 4:27.99
  2011 5000m T11  DSQ
World Championships - Para Triathlon
Rank Year Event Result
9 2017 PTVI 1:11:52
10 2018 PTVI 1:05:44
World Ranking (2018/01/01) - Para Triathlon
Rank Year Event Result
8 2018 PTVI  
8 2018 PTVI  
8 2018 PTVI