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MATTILA Esa-Pekka
Sport Para athletics, Para swimming
NPC Finland   
GenderMen
Age33
Place of BirthEspoo, FIN
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T54
Further Personal Information
Residence
Helsinki, FIN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Finnish, German
Higher education
Business Law - Aalto University: Espoo, FIN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2004.
Why this sport?
He began swimming as a child and was identified by a coach as a potential elite athletics competitor. He attended a training camp and enjoyed the sport.
Club / Team
Espoon Tapiot: Finland
Name of coach
Leo-Pekka Tahti [personal], FIN
General Interest
Nicknames
EP (yle.fi, 23 Aug 2012)
Hobbies
Photography, supporting English football team Arsenal, playing computer games. (Twitter profile, 10 May 2017; iltalehti.fi, 19 Aug 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Those who do not wish to follow are doomed to lead." (esapekkamattila.com, 15 Sep 2016)
Awards and honours
In 2015 he was named Athlete of the Year by the Aalto University Student Union in Espoo, Finland. (ayy.fi, 20 Sep 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 19 Jul 2021; yle.fi, 23 Jun 2021)
Impairment
He was born with caudal regression syndrome. The condition affects the muscle power in his legs. (jalosaur.com, 01 Feb 2015)
Other information
RETIREMENT THOUGHTS
In 2021 he said he had begun to consider his plans for once he retires from the sport. "Tokyo may be my last Paralympic Games. Who will I be after I quit sports? That's the first thing I want to find out. It is said that in Finland an athlete is poorly employed. But an athlete can consider what he or she has learned through sport. An athlete is used to working hard, leading projects and prioritising." (yle.fi, 23 Jun 2021)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall) - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
Round 1 2012 100m T54 14.99
Round 1 2016 100m T54 15.07
15 2021 100m T54 14.71
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
15 2011 100m T54 15.53
22 2011 200m T54 28.81
Semifinal 2013 200m T54 27.23
Semifinal 2013 100m T54 14.71
Heats 2015 200m T54 27.86
11 2015 100m T54 14.87
9 2017 100m T54 15.09
European Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
5 2014 100m T54 15.43
6 2014 200m T54 28.57
9 2016 200m T54 27.19
8 2016 100m T54 16.30
3 2021 100m T54 14.39
7 2021 400m T54 49.73