Deon Kenzie is a 1,500m runner world record holder from Tasmania. At just 20 years of age, Deon is one of the first Australian athletes to qualify for the Paralympic Games in Rio after breaking his own world record in the 1,500 metres last month.
What makes Deon’s story even more incredible is that he has cerebral palsy (a physical disability that affects movement and posture) but he has never let that stood in the way of his dreams.
Deon started athletics eight years ago. What had started as running laps around his paddock and late night runs in the middle of winter with his dad following him in the car soon progressed into a love for running and athletics.
Over the next few years Deon went on to make two state cross country teams (able bodied) which lead to being recognised by Athletics Australia and becoming part of their target talent program. Deon then competed at the 2013 IPC world championships where he won a gold medal and then the 2015 IPC world championships where he also won a bronze medal.
Deon first found out about USANA through his friend Jared Wiseman and his brother Adam, who shared with him the benefits of USANA and how it can help him along his journey.
“Exercising daily is necessary for my sport,” he said. ““I also ensure that majority of what I eat comes from the ground (whole grains and freshly grown fruits and vegetables) and that I am fuelled with the world best supplements, USANA.”
Deon’s future plan is to win gold at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, and we think he’s got a pretty good shot! USANA Australia is delighted to welcome this inspiring athlete to Team USANA and wishes him luck in the upcoming Games.
World Record holder for the T38 1500 Meter
2015 – IPC World Championships in Doha – Bronze
2014 – Athletics Tasmania U18 Athlete of the Year
2014 – Finalist for the Athletics Australia Para Athlete of the Year award.
2013 – IPC World championships in Lyon – Bronze