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JOYNT Mitchell
Sport Para athletics, Para snowboard
NPC New Zealand   
GenderMen
Age25
Place of BirthAuckland, NZL
Height1.72 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T64, F64
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Olivia Burns
Residence
Stanmore Bay, NZL
Occupation
Athlete, Driver
Languages
English
Higher education
Horticulture - Waikato Institute of Technology: Hamilton, NZL
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 23 in 2017, at the Millennium Institute of Sport and Health in Auckland, New Zealand.
Why this sport?
His talent was noticed by Para athletics coach Hamish Meacheam while Joynt was taking part in the 2017 Auckland Marathon in New Zealand. "After the injury I probably realised how much I'd previously taken for granted. I knew I had a chance of maybe one day competing at the Paralympics, so I probably committed to the sport far more than I had before. I loved being active before so didn't want a little accident to stop me. I took it to such a high level to prove to people that I could do it."
Club / Team
North Harbour Bays Athletics: Auckland, NZL
Name of coach
Hamish Meacheam [personal], NZL, from 2017
Training Regime
He has up to four track sessions each week, as well as two gym days and a recovery session.
Senior International Debut
Year
2019
Competing for
New Zealand
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Dubai, UAE
General Interest
Nicknames
Mitch (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; Facebook profile, 01 Mar 2020; Instagram profile, 21 May 2020)
Hobbies
Snowboarding. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Representing New Zealand. "Results don't matter as much to me as just having the honour of wearing the silver fern." (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Hamish Meacheam. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
New Zealand rugby union player Christian Cullen. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Injuries
In 2016 he broke his left ankle. He underwent surgery where five screws and a plate were inserted. Ongoing problems with the injury require him to undergo regular rehabilitation. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"My granddad passed away about a month before my first race so he never got to see me compete. I now print his initials 'DSE' on all my racing singlets from club to national." (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Every race is a time trial. I'm only racing myself. If I run a personal best and come last I am happier than if I run slow but win the race." (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Other sports
He has won a junior world title in able-bodied archery. He has also competed in Para snowboard at international level. (athletics.org.nz, 16 Aug 2019; wintergamesnz.kiwi, 02 Sep 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, and in Para snowboard the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Instagram profile, 10 Oct 2019; AUT Millennium FLAME, 18 Sep 2019; news.autmillennium.org.nz, 08 Nov 2019; Facebook page, 30 Apr 2020)
Impairment
In 2014 he lost his right leg after his foot became caught in a wood chipper while he was working as a tree surgeon. "It was the end of the day, it was the last stub and I sort of casually kicked it in. We were on a gravel road so my other foot just slipped on the gravel and it just dragged me in." (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; tvnz.co.nz, 22 Nov 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
8 2019 200m T64 23.64