Hailing from the Tasmanian village of Forth, Deon Kenzie has been running since the age of 12. But what began as laps around his paddock, and late-night sprints in the middle of winter with his dad following behind in his car, is now international races in some of the world’s premier sporting arenas.

Deon made his international debut at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France, where he won a bronze medal in the men’s 1500m T38, but it was not until December the following year, when he broke the world record on home turf in Hobart, TAS, that Australian selectors were alerted to Deon’s status as a future Paralympic champion.

He won a silver medal over 1500m at his first Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2016, and his first international gold medal – in a packed-to-the-rafters stadium, as only London knows how …

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

Rio 2016

Impairment
Physical Impairment – Right hemiplegic cerebral palsy
How acquired
Congenital
Residence
Forthside, TAS
Occupation
Athlete, entrepreneur
Started competing
2009
First competed for Australia
2013
Sport career highlights

Winning a gold medal in the men’s 1500m T38 at the 2017 World Para-athletics Championships in London, England

Greatest sporting moments

Representing Australia at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Heroes/role models
Favourite quote
Stay hungry. Stay foolish - Steve Jobs

Disciplines

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

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