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O'HANLON Evan
Sport Bobsleigh, Para athletics
NPC Australia   
GenderMen
Age31
Place of BirthSydney, AUS
Height1.83 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T38, F38
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Zuzana, daughter Ursula [2018]
Residence
Frýdek-Místek, CZE
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Landscape Architecture - University of Canberra: Australia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics at school, where he also participated in able-bodied rowing and rugby union. He was recruited to Para sport in 2005 after being spotted by talent scout and Paralympian Amy Winters.
Why this sport?
His athletics coach at school realised he had an impairment and put him in touch with coach Iryna Dvoskina. "I like athletics because it is a basic in almost every sport. Everyone can do it, but not many people can do it well. When you run you are on show and you cannot hide in a team. It is pure."
Name of coach
Iryna Dvoskina [national], UKR
Training Regime
He trains by himself in the Czech Republic. He regularly sends videos of his sessions to coach Iryna Dvoskina, who lives in Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Senior International Debut
Year
2005
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Helsinki, FIN
General Interest
Nicknames
Cannon ["Because someone thought that it rhymed with O'Hanlon"] (Athlete, 02 Dec 2010)
Hobbies
Watching TV, spending time with family and friends. (paralympic.org, 05 Jul 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the T38 100m at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (paralympic.org, 01 Jun 2016)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (paralympic.org, 01 Mar 2015)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, Ukrainian Para athletics coach Iryna Dvoskina, Australian Para sprinter Heath Francis. (paralympic.org, 01 Mar 2015; Athlete, 02 Dec 2010)
Injuries
He underwent hernia surgery after the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (paralympic.org, 22 May 2019)

A stress fracture in his back prevented him from competing at the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. (abc.net.au, 27 Jul 2016; paralympic.org, 07 May 2016)

In July 2013 he was ill with viral meningitis. Although he took part in the 2013 World Championships in Lyon, France, he was taken to hospital soon after racing. He returned to competition in April 2014. (smh.com.au, 18 Apr 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"My body may be weak, but my mind is strong." (Athlete, 02 Dec 2010)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2012 Male Para Athlete of the Year by Athletics Australia. (paralympic.org, 12 Feb 2013)

He was Australia's flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (paralympic.org, 01 Mar 2015)

He was a co-winner of the 2008 Para Athlete of the Year award, presented by Athletics Australia. (ausport.gov.au, 06 Jan 2010)

He was named the Australian Institute of Sport [AIS] Junior Athlete of the Year in 2008. (ausport.gov.au, 06 Jan 2010)
Milestones
At the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, he became the first athlete with cerebral palsy to run under 11 seconds in the 100m. Days later he also became the first cerebral palsy athlete to break the 22-second barrier in the 200m. (paralympic.org, 28 Feb 2013)
Famous relatives
His wife Zuzana Schindlerova represented the Czech Republic in the 20km race walk at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. His parents and his sister have all represented Australia in rowing. (SportsDeskOnline, 06 Dec 2018; paralympic.org.au, 07 May 2016, 06 Jan 2010; smh.com.au, 24 Oct 2014)
Impairment
He has cerebral palsy as the result of a stroke before birth. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Other information
RETIREMENTS AND RETURNS
He retired from athletics after competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro due to financial reasons. However, his father Terry later convinced him to move to Sydney, NSW, Australia, and start working part-time for his architecture business to fund and continue his athletics career. He retired for a second time after winning gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, only to change his mind while rehabilitating from an operation he had on a hernia problem shortly after the Games. In October 2018 he and his family relocated to the Czech Republic [where his wife Zuzana Schindlerova is from] so he could focus on his sporting career 100%. "I knew if I was going to do it I couldn't stay in Sydney, as I would have to do athletics full-time and I wouldn't be able to have a job or afford to live in Sydney." (paralympic.org, 26 Feb 2019; canberratimes.com.au, 04 Jan 2017)

BOBSLEIGH
He became interested in bobsleigh while watching the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. One of his trainers had competed in the sport for Hungary, and he told O'Hanlon that he would be physically capable of competing in the sport at an elite level. He began training to pilot the sled, and says he enjoys it despite the difficulties of learning a new sport. "It's not just reacting to what's in front of you. I have to memorise the track because when you're going at 120 kilometres an hour there's no way you can react, you have to know what's coming. Once you've crashed you kind of get over it a little bit, it's not that bad. It's more the frustration when I crash because I'm responsible for somebody else as well in the back of the sled." (paralympic.org, 22 May 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
1 2008 100m T38 10.96
1 2008 200m T38 21.98
1 2008 4 x 100m Relay T35-38 44.81
1 2012 100m T38 10.79
1 2012 200m T38 21.82
2 2016 100m T38 10.98
Round 1 2016 400m T38  DNS
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
  2006 100m T38  DSQ
3 2006 200m T38 23.44
1 2006 4 x 100m Relay T35-38 46.18
1 2006 4 x 400m Relay T35-38 3:44.34
4 2011 Long Jump F37/38 6.01
1 2011 100m T38 11.14
1 2011 200m T38 22.31
3 2011 4 x 100m Relay T35-38 46.07
2 2011 400m T38 49.72
1 2013 100m T38 10.93
1 2013 200m T38 21.95
1 2013 400m T38 50.55
1 2017 100m T38 11.07
3 2019 100m T38 11.05
Commonwealth Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
1 2018 100m T38 11.09