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IGE Jeffrey
Sport Para athletics
NPC Sweden   
GenderMen
Age38
Place of BirthStockholm, SWE
Height1.99 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Classification
F20
Further Personal Information
Residence
Stockholm, SWE
Occupation
Maintenance Worker
Languages
English, Swedish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried athletics in the third grade of primary school in Stockholm, Sweden. He took up shot put at age 12.
Why this sport?
There were Para athletics competitions at the school he attended, so he gave it a try. First he did 60m, then the high jump, until eventually finding shot put. "If you find something that you are good at, it is easier to continue. And I developed quickly and thought shot put was fun."
Club / Team
Sparvagens FK: Stockholm, SWE
Name of coach
Jurgen Karlsson, SWE, from 2017
General Interest
Nicknames
Champ (Facebook profile, 26 Feb 2021)
Hobbies
Music. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal in the F20 shot put at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Polish shot putter Tomasz Majewski. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Injuries
He broke his leg in 2013. (Facebook profile, 20 May 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"There is always something to learn." (Athlete, 22 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
He received the 2013 Sportspegel Award from the Swedish sports television programme Sportspegeln, at the Swedish Sports Gala. (svt.se, 15 Jan 2013)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (fub.se, 04 Oct 2016)
Impairment
He has a mild developmental disorder with features of autism. (arla.se, 01 Jan 2013)
Other information
SPORTING DOUBTS
He always dreamt of competing at the Paralympic Games, but his impairment category was excluded from the programme at the 2004 Games in Athens and did not return until 2012. "I was close to ending my career as an athlete, but I kept fighting and then in 2012, they managed to get us included. So I was able to go and participate in the world's largest competition, and entering the arena and competing in front of 80,000 people was huge for me. Something I will never forget." (Peace Talks Vimeo profile, 25 Apr 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2012 Shot Put F20 15.50
5 2016 Shot Put F20 15.30
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2011 Shot Put F20 13.75
2 2013 Shot Put F20 15.28
4 2015 Shot Put F20 14.73
7 2019 Shot Put F20 15.43
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 Shot Put F20 15.49
3 2016 Shot Put F20 15.01
2 2018 Shot Put F20 14.59
6 2021 Shot Put F20 13.71