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SCHIFFLER Alexander
Sport Sitting Volleyball
NPC Germany   
GenderMen
Age37
Place of BirthDresden, GDR
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
D
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Michelle, daughter Marlena
Occupation
Engineer
Languages
English, German
Higher education
Industrial Engineering - Beuth University of Applied Sciences: Berlin, GER
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing sitting volleyball in 1996.
Why this sport?
"I particularly like my sport because it is very fast and there is a lot of action."
Club / Team
Dresdner Sportclub 1898: Germany
Name of coach
Michael Merten [national], GER
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Middle blocker
General Interest
Nicknames
Alex (sparkassen-team-london.de, 09 Mar 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"What you can do today, do not postpone until tomorrow." (Sitting Volleyball Team Germany's Facebook page, 01 Dec 2015)
Awards and honours
He was named Best Blocker at the 2015 European Championships in Warendorf, Germany. (mdr.de, 08 Oct 2015)

He received the Silbernes Lorbeerblatt [Silver Laurel Leaf] in Germany in recognition of his bronze medal at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (saar-report.de, 07 Nov 2012)
Famous relatives
His wife Michelle won a medal for United States of America in sitting volleyball at the Paralympic Games in 2012 [silver] and 2016 [gold]. They met at the 2010 World Championships in Edmond, OK, United States of America. (SportsDeskOnline, 17 Sep 2016; dnn.de, 07 Sep 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (dsc1898.de, 21 Sep 2016)
Impairment
He was diagnosed with bone cancer at age seven. His right leg was amputated above the knee and he spent one year in hospital. (berliner-kurier.de, 07 Jun 2002)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He has worked as a project manager at the Leipzig Institute for Energy in Germany. (dnn.de, 07 Sep 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
5 2000 Team  
3 2012 Team  
6 2016 Team  
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2015 Team  
5 2017 Team