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    Akeem Stewart

    Ones to watch
    Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Para athletics 4 July 1992

    Trinidad & Tobago

    a para athlete finishes a javelin throw

    Biography

    Human Interest
    Data Value
    Impairment Information
    Type of Impairment Leg length difference
    Origin of Impairment Congenital
    Classification F43
    Further Personal Information
    Residence Trinidad & Tobago
    Languages English
    Sport Specific Information
    When and where did you begin this sport? He took up athletics at age five in Trinidad and Tobago. He competed in Para athletics for the first time in 2013 in Medellin, Colombia.
    Why this sport? His father introduced him to the sport.
    Club / Team Tobago Falcons Athletic Club : Trinidad & Tobago
    Name of coach Wade Franklyn, TTO; Julian Edmonds
    International Debut
    Year 2013
    Competing for Trinidad & Tobago
    Location MedellĂ­n, COL
    General Interest
    Nicknames Gentle Giant (Facebook profile, 01 Apr 2020)
    Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold and setting a world record at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
    Most influential person in career His father Wayne, and coach Wade Franklin. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
    Hero / Idol US shot putter Brian Oldfield. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
    Injuries He had a knee injury in April 2019. (newsday.co.tt, 17 Apr 2019)

    He sustained a shoulder injury in 2019. (newsday.co.tt, 27 Mar 2020)

    He suffered from knee and finger injuries between 2011 and 2016. (Athlete, 05 Sep 2016)
    Sporting philosophy / motto "Sports do not build character, they help reveal it." (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
    Awards and honours In July 2020 he was presented with Tobago's Medal of Honour for his contribution to sport. (TTT Live Online YouTube channel, 04 Jul 2020)

    In 2016 and 2019 he was named Male Athlete of Year at the by the Tobago Falcons Athletics Club in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. (thasportandyouth.com, 20 Dec 2019; guardian.co.tt, 28 Dec 2016)

    He received a Special Recognition award at the 2019 Tobago House of Assembly [THA] Sport Awards. (newsday.co.tt, 08 Feb 2020)

    In May 2017 he carried the Queen's Baton in Trinidad and Tobago during the relay ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (guardian.co.tt, 31 May 2017)

    He was named the 2016 Sportsman of the Year at the THA Sport Awards in Trinidad and Tobago. (trinidadexpress.com, 22 May 2017)

    He was flag bearer for Trinidad and Tobago at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (myinfo.rio2016.com, 06 Sep 2016)

    He was named the 2015 Sports Personality of the Year by the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee [TTOC]. (newsday.co.tt, 31 Dec 2015)

    In 2015 he received a Sporting Achievement Award from the Division of Education, Youth Affairs and Sport in Trinidad and Tobago. (deyastha.gov.tt, 04 Jun 2015)
    Milestones He became the first male athlete representing Trinidad and Tobago to win a gold medal at the Paralympic Games, claiming victory in the F44 javelin throw at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Oct 2019)

    He became the first athlete from Trinidad and Tobago to win a gold medal at the Parapan American Games when he triumphed in the F44 discus in 2015 in Toronto, ON, Canada. (trinidadexpress.com, 14 Aug 2015)
    Ambitions To compete at both the 2020 Olympic Games and the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (newsday.co.tt, 27 Mar 2020)
    Impairment He has a leg length difference. (usportt.com, 21 Dec 2013)

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