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WISE Anderson
Sport Para powerlifting
NPC United States   
GenderMen
Age39
Place of BirthNeedham, MA, USA
Height1.52 m
Weight 67 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Further Personal Information
Residence
Needham, MA, USA
Occupation
Fitness Centre Worker
Languages
English
Higher education
Exercise and Health Science - Bridgewater State College: United States
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
Started training in the sport in 2003.
Why this sport?
From a very young age he skied, played wheelchair basketball and sled hockey. His interest in power lifting came from just a regular training session during college. "I was in the fitness centre, messing around. One day, I got on the bench press and thought it was fun." He was eventually spotted by trainer Jim Kempf, who started to coach him.
Club / Team
Bridgewater State College: United States
Senior International Debut
Year
2006
Competing for
United States
Location
Busan
General Interest
Nicknames
Andy (wickedlocal.com, 05 Jul 2007)
Awards and honours
His former community college, Massachusetts Bay Community College, honoured him with the establishment of Anderson Wise Day to acknowledge the work he has done for disabled children in the local community. (bsccomment.com, 21 Aug 2008)
Famous relatives
His father Dale is heavily involved with sports for the disabled. He has served as president of the New England Wheelchair Athletic Association, and run the Northeast Sled Hockey League. (wickedlocal.com, 05 Jul 2007)
Ambitions
He wants to become a strength and conditioning coach when he stops competing. (US Paralympics, 15 Apr 2011)
Impairment
He was born with spina bifida and is paralysed below the waist. (massbay.edu, 01 Aug 2008)
Other information
STUDIES COME FIRST
He turned down opportunities to join the US Paralympic track team while in high school and the US Paralympic ski team while in college, because it would have distracted him from his studies. (wickedlocal.com, 05 Jul 2007)

FAMILY BACKGROUND
He was adopted at age four by Sally and Dale Wise after they saw him on an American TV program that helps place children in adoption. His father is an amputee who lost his left leg in 1993 from a bone infection caused by cancer. "Andy was a big inspiration," his father said. "Just thinking about what he goes through everyday helped me get through my amputation and move on with my life." (massbay.edu, 01 Aug 2008; wickedlocal.com, 05 Jul 2007)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
11 2008 67.5kg 150.0
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
6 2006 67.5kg 167.5
  2010 67.5kg  NoM