SEBASTIAN DIETZ: GOLD AT THE PARA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Two-time Paralympics winner Sebastian Dietz has for years been at the top of the podium at international competitions in his two disciplines of discus and shot put. The title at a European Championship was missing until now – but that has now changed.
At the Para European Athletics Championships in August 2018 in Berlin, Sebastian sensationally won the shot put competition in the starting class F36 with a distance of 15.28 metres. His international title collection is finally complete. Despite his victory in Berlin, the ambitious athlete is not completely satisfied: He was only a few centimetres short to set a world record.
Dietz, who suffered a severe cervical vertebra injury in 2004 and is supported by SPORLASTIC's FOOT-UP® foot lift orthosis, is not only a great athlete but also a motivator for others. To his competition in Berlin, he had invited over 50 stroke children from the SCHAKI club – they could experience live how he won the title. Sebastian promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities and is particularly committed to young talents in para-light athletics. During the first weekend in September, the 33-year-old and his club BSG Bad Oeynhausen organized a talent day for children, teenagers and young adults with disabilities - a complete success.
After the European Championships in Berlin, Sebastian Dietz is already looking ahead to the Paralympic Games in 2020: "Now the task is to use the time until Tokyo. This was a foretaste, in two years even more is to come," says Dietz.