Tasmanian teenager Deon Kenzie has been making waves in Para-athletics since his international debut at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France. But it wasn’t until 2015, when he broke the world record in the 1500m on home turf in Hobart, that he was labelled a future Paralympic gold medallist.

Born with cerebral palsy affecting the right side of his body, Deon first started running to improve his fitness for AFL. He soon discovered his natural ability and began training with coach, Mike Gunson, for the 800m and 1500m events in local competitions.

Inspired by American Olympic track star, Steve Prefontaine, Deon exceeded his own expectations at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships, where he crossed for third. He is motivated by Steve’s mantra that “to give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift”.

In accordance with his fast track to the top of his …

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Date of birth
11 March 1996
Sport
Para-athletics
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Impairment
How acquired
Congenital
Residence
Forth, TAS
Started competing
2009
First competed for Australia
2013
Sport career highlights

Breaking the world record in the 1500m on home soil in 2014

Greatest sporting moments

The atmosphere at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France

Heroes/role models

Nicole Perry

Disciplines

  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: 1500m Classification: T38

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