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JAWAD Ali
Sport Powerlifting
NPC Great Britain   
GenderMen
Born12 Jan 1989
Weight 59 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Further Personal Information
Residence
Leeds, ENG
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Sports Science - University of East London: England
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began powerlifting at age 16 in London, England.
Why this sport?
Friends encouraged him to go to a local gym and a coach there believed he had the potential to compete at an elite level.
Name of coach
Tom Whittaker [national]
Coach from which country?
Great Britain
Training Regime
He trains in Leeds, England.
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal at the 2014 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (paralympic.org, 09 May 2014)
Hero / Idol
Egyptian powerlifter Sherif Othman. (paralympic.org, 24 Mar 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Why be the best when you can be the greatest?" (Twitter profile, 12 Nov 2013)
Awards and honours
He was named the International Paralympic Committee's [IPC] Athlete of the Month for April 2014. (paralympic.org, 09 May 2014)

He was named Disability Sports Person of the Year at the 2014 Leeds Sports Awards. (paralympics.org.uk, 03 Mar 2014)
Other sports
He was a talented judoka in his early teens. However, there was no judo category for his impairment in the Paralympic Games, so he decided to concentrate on powerlifting instead. (yorkvision.co.uk, 09 Oct 2012; bbc.co.uk, 04 Aug 2011)
Ambitions
To continue winning gold medals. (insidethegames.biz, 04 Nov 2013)
Impairment
He was born without legs. (bbc.co.uk, 04 Aug 2011)
Other information
LONDON HEARTBREAK
He just missed winning a medal at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London after his final lift was deemed a foul. He protested and the jury ordered a re-lift, but he was unable to complete it and dropped from second to fourth place on weight differential. "I couldn't believe it. It was probably the most heart-breaking moment of my life. I was in tears, I felt robbed. I don't think I'll truly ever get over what happened." (yorkvision.co.uk, 09 Oct 2012)

ILLNESS
He qualified for the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing but became very ill the night before his competition. He was later diagnosed with Crohn's disease, an inflammatory bowel problem that forced him to retire from the sport in 2009. He believes the experience made him mentally stronger and in 2010, two weeks after an operation to remove part of his intestine, he decided to resume training. After representing Great Britain at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, he had a relapse and spent three months away from the sport. He returned to full-time training in January 2013. (tottenhamjournal.co.uk, 03 Apr 2013; yorkvision.co.uk, 09 Oct 2012; bbc.co.uk, 04 Aug 2011)

FROM LEBANON TO ENGLAND
He was born in Lebanon during a period of conflict with Israel. When he was age six months his parents relocated the family to London, England. "It was hard enough to bring up kids that didn't have a disability, let alone someone who did. So my parents took the decision that, in order for me to have a normal life, we needed to move away. England was our best option as they provided prosthetic limbs which enabled me to walk." (yorkvision.co.uk, 09 Oct 2012; bbc.co.uk, 04 Aug 2011)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
9 2008 75kg 182.5
4 2012 56kg 185
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
12 2006 75kg 147.5
1 2014 59kg 190.0 WR
Commonwealth Games
Rank Year Event Result
5 2010 Bench Press 182.3