Dylan LITTLEHALES (AUS)

AUAustralia
Age:
23 years
Federation:
PADDLE AUSTRALIA
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Biography

Further Personal Information

BIOGRAPHY
Classification
KL3

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency (paralympic.org, 12 Sep 2015)

Origin of Impairment
Congenital (paralympic.org, 12 Sep 2015)

Impairment Details
He is missing crucial ligaments in his right knee, as well as some of the bones in his right leg. The limb also grew much slower than his left as he got older. He has undergone about 20 operations on the condition. (goldcoastbulletin.com.au, 16 Jun 2016; paralympic.org, 12 Sep 2015)

PLACE OF RESIDENCE
Wamberal, NSW
REASON FOR TAKING UP THE SPORT
He was introduced to Para canoe by his uncle Mike Druce, who has worked as Australian canoe slalom head coach. "I picked up the sport at the perfect time, because right after I started a new canoe club started about 20 minutes away from me. They had a bunch of boats and paddles, and then I got my own stuff eventually." 
HOBBIES
Surfing, football
CLUB
Avoca Kayak Club [Australia]
NAME OF COACH
Andrea King [national] 
TRAINING REGIME
He trains on the water six days a week, and also has three gym sessions.
MEMORABLE SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT
Being selected for the Australian national team in 2015
HERO/IDOL
Australian paddlers Lachlan Tame and Rob McIntyre
SPORTING PHILOSOPHY/ MOTTO
"There's no way around hard work because if you want to be the best, you have to work harder and smarter than anyone else."
AMBITIONS
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo
OTHER INFORMATION
RankEventYearLocationResult
World Championships
11KL32016Duisburg, GER43.110
17KL32015Milan, ITA44.554
CLASSIFICATION
KL3
SPORTING RELATIVES
His uncle Mike Druce has worked as a coach for the Australian canoe slalom team