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FITZPATRICK Ricardo
Sport Para powerlifting
NPC South Africa   
GenderMen
Age39
Place of BirthKimberley, SAF
Height1.67 m
Weight 81 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Further Personal Information
Family
Daughter Alanis
Residence
Kimberley, RSA
Occupation
Engineer
Languages
Afrikaans, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began powerlifting in 1999 in Kimberley, South Africa.
Why this sport?
"I wanted to do bodybuilding but had the potential in powerlifting."
Club / Team
Griqua Powerlifting Club: South Africa
Name of coach
Andrew Ludic
Senior International Debut
Year
2003
Competing for
South Africa
Tournament
International Tournament
Location
Piešt'any, SVK
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Becoming the 2016 Arnold Classic Bench Press champion, and becoming the South African Para powerlifting champion in 2007. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
Arnold Schwarzengger. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you have the ability to believe, you can achieve." (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2015 and 2016 Northern Cape Sportsman with an Impairment of the Year in South Africa. (DFA, 22 Oct 2015; gritsports.co.za, 27 Oct 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Facebook page, 19 Apr 2016)
Impairment
His left leg was amputated above the knee at two weeks old due to gangrene. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017; netwerk24.com, 28 Oct 2015; guts2glory.co.za, 12 Sep 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
10 2006 67.5kg 147.5
  2014 80kg  NoM
17 2017 88kg 165.0
Commonwealth Games
Rank Year Event Result
7 2018 Bench Press Heavyweight 152.1