FEKADU Abebe < Back  
Sport Para Powerlifting
CGA Australia   
Gender Men
Born 20 Apr 1970
Weight 56 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment Acquired
Further Personal Information
Residence Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Languages English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began powerlifting in 1999 in Australia.
Why this sport? He saw other people doing the sport and decided he wanted to try it.
Club / Team Sporting Wheelies: Australia
Name of coach William Nancarrow, AUS
International Debut
Year 2007
Competing for Australia
Tournament International Tournament
Location Darwin, NT
General Interest
Nicknames Abba (paralympic.org, 05 May 2011)
Memorable sporting achievement Representing Australia, travelling the world as an athlete. (abc.net.au, 23 Aug 2012)
Hero / Idol Australian powerlifter Darren Gardiner, Australian cricketer Shane Warne, Australian rugby league player Darren Lockyer. (paralympic.org, 05 May 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Tomorrow can be a better day." (abc.net.au, 23 Aug 2012)
Impairment In 1996 he was involved in a car accident in Ethiopia, which resulted in paraplegia. (abc.net.au, 23 Aug 2012)
Born in Ethiopia, his father was taken away by military police when he was age eight. He never saw his father again. In 1996 after attending a political rally, he was involved in a car chase with government security in which he crashed, losing both his legs and sustaining a spinal cord injury. He sought treatment in Italy where his brother was living, and 18 months later travelled to Australia to join his sister. He was unemployed and without health coverage, until he went to a gym in Brisbane to get some exercise in his wheelchair and met coach Ramon Epstein. He began powerlifting and was granted Australian citizenship just before the Asian Paralympic Committee Powerlifting Cup in 2007. (abc.net.au, 15 Sep 2008)