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FERNANDES Che Jon
Sport Para athletics
NPC Greece   
GenderMen
Age49
Place of BirthSalisbury, RHO
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F53
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Sophia
Residence
Glyfada, GRE
Occupation
Motivational Speaker
Languages
Greek, English
Higher education
Marketing Management - The American College of Greece: Athens, GRE
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2003.
Why this sport?
Sport was part of his rehabilitation.
Senior International Debut
Year
2005
Competing for
Greece
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Espoo, FIN
General Interest
Nicknames
Jo Jo (Athlete, 01 Dec 2010)
Most influential person in career
His brother. (Athlete, 01 Dec 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Give it 110%, push yourself to the max." (Athlete, 01 Dec 2010)
Awards and honours
He was flag bearer for Greece at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (vimaonline.gr, 14 Sep 2010)
Other sports
He has represented Greece in rugby union. (timesofmalta.com, 18 Sep 2016)
Impairment
He broke his neck playing rugby union for the Greek national team in 2001 in Malta. His injuries resulted in quadriplegia. (timesofmalta.com, 18 Sep 2016; vimaonline.gr, 14 Sep 2010; britegreen.co.za, 01 Dec 2008)
Other information
ZIMBABWE TO GREECE
Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, he moved to Greece in 1992 to study. (vimaonline.gr, 14 Sep 2010)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2008 Shot Put F53-54 8.29
6 2012 Shot Put F52/53 7.36
1 2016 Shot Put F53 8.44
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2011 Shot Put F52/53 7.66
3 2013 Shot Put F52/53 7.92
1 2015 Shot Put F53 8.35
4 2019 Shot Put F53 7.25
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
11 2014 Shot Put F53/54/55 7.50
1 2016 Shot Put F53 7.93