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TRIFONIDIS Christos
Sport Shooting Para sport
NPC Canada   
GenderMen
Age73
Height1.77 m
Weight 95 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Classification
SH1, SH2
Further Personal Information
Family
Two grandchildren
Occupation
Athlete
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 1987.
Why this sport?
He and his friend from rehabilitation decided to try the sport together. "No matter how old you are, as long as your eyes are good and your nerves are steady, you can participate."
Senior International Debut
Year
1991
Competing for
Canada
Tournament
World Championships
Location
London
General Interest
Hobbies
Fishing. (paralympic.ca, 26 Mar 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement
Entering the stadium for the opening ceremony of the 1992 Paralympic Games in Barcelona, and winning gold in the 22 prone event at the 2001 World Championships in Denmark. (paralympic.ca, 26 Mar 2012; constantcontact.com, 05 Sep 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"In pursuit of excellence." (paralympic.ca, 26 Mar 2012)
Impairment
At age 36 he started to experience sharp pains running down the right side of his body and was later diagnosed with quadriplegia. (slam.canoe.ca, 2004)
Other information
PARALYMPIC VETERAN
The 2012 Paralympic Games in London saw him make his sixth Paralympic appearance. He had competed at each edition since the 1992 Games in Barcelona. (sfc-ftc.ca, 21 Oct 2013; paralympic.ca, 26 Mar 2012)

FROM GREECE TO POLAND TO CANADA
He and his mother fled Greece after the end of World War II and settled in Poland, but shortly after his mother died of pneumonia and he was placed in a Polish orphanage. Eleven years later his father and brothers were tracked down in Canada, and he was able to be reunited with his family. (patrides.com, 01 Aug 2004)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
22 2004 Air Rifle Prone SH1 596
22 2004 Air Rifle Standing SH2 580
6 2004 Free Rifle Prone SH1 689.8
4 2008 Air Rifle Prone SH1 703.8
15 2008 Free Rifle Prone SH1 584
26 2012 R3 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1 596
41 2012 R6 - 50m Free Rifle Prone SH1 573
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
17 2006 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2  
39 2006 R3 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1  
70 2010 R3 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1  
53 2014 R3 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1 624.1