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KAMKASOMPHOU Thu
Sport Table Tennis
NPC France   
GenderWomen
Age53
Place of BirthSavannakhet, LAO
Height1.68 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
TT8
Further Personal Information
Residence
Rennes, FRA
Occupation
Communications Professional
Languages
English, French, Lao
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age 12.
Why this sport?
She liked the competition and strategy aspects of the sport. After her diagnosis she wanted to continue playing so she took up Para table tennis.
Club / Team
Olympique Hyeres TPM [FRA] / Paris 13 TT [FRA]:
Training Regime
She trains one hour every two days. She cannot remain standing for a long time due to her impairment. "I favour quality over quantity."
Handedness
Left
Senior International Debut
Year
1999
Competing for
France
Location
La Louvière, BEL
General Interest
Hobbies
Listening to music. (Athlete, 30 May 2016)
Hero / Idol
Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal. (Classes Sportives Oise Facebook page, 04 Feb 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Always do the best, no regrets." (Athlete, 30 May 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Classes Sportives Oise Facebook page, 04 Feb 2021)
Impairment
At age 17 she was diagnosed with polyarteritis nodosa. The condition is characterised by the inflammation of blood vessels. (letelegramme.com, 19 Jun 2012; sans-filtre.fr, 14 Jun 2018)
Other information
DIAGNOSIS
When she was diagnosed with polyarteritis nodosa at age 17 doctors told her to give up sport. "At that time I did the only thing I could and carelessly decided to keep on playing. I continued with table tennis because it is my life. But it was clear that my dreams of representing France at the Olympic Games were over. I could no longer train for several hours a day, as I had to deal with this disease that medicine knew little about. It was probably the most difficult test of my life, accepting it." She says a turning point came when she saw a doctor in Paris, France, who was researching her condition. "It was a meeting that changed my life. She obviously didn't have a miraculous cure but she made my daily life easier. Some years later, the first doctor I saw in Rennes told me they had not taken my case seriously. It was thanks to all this context that I built up a strong character. I used to hide my illness. Now I love my life and I am happy with what I have accomplished and I am proud of my victories. But it is, above all, a victory for life over impairment." (sans-filtre.fr, 14 Jun 2018)

FROM LAOS TO FRANCE
Born in Laos, she moved with her family to Rennes, France, at age 10. (Classes Sportives Oise Facebook page, 04 Feb 2021; sans-filtre.fr, 14 Jun 2018)

OCCUPATION
He works as a communications officer for a French postal service company. (Facebook profile, 18 Mar 2021)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2010 Singles Class 8  
4 2010 Open Standing  
4 2010 Team Class 9-10  
3 2014 Singles Class 8  
3 2014 Team Class 6-8  
2 2018 Singles Class 8  
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
1 2000 Singles Class 9  
3 2000 Team Class 6-10  
3 2004 Singles Class 9  
3 2004 Team Class 6-10  
1 2008 Singles Class 8  
3 2008 Team Class 6-10  
2 2012 Singles Class 8  
4 2012 Team Class 6-10  
Final 1-2 2016 Singles Class 8  
Quarterfinal 2016 Team Class 6-10  
3 2021 Singles Class 8  
3 2021 Team Class 6-8  
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2011 Singles Class 8  
2 2011 Team Class 8  
1 2013 Singles Class 8  
1 2013 Team Class 6-8  
3 2015 Singles Class 8  
3 2015 Team Class 6-8  
5 2017 Singles Class 8  
2 2017 Team Class 6-8  
1 2019 Singles Class 8  
5 2019 Team Class 6-8  
World Ranking (01 Nov 2015)
Rank Year Event Result
1 2015 Singles Class 8  
9 2015 Open Standing  
1 2015 Singles Class 8  
9 2015 Open Standing  
2 2017 Singles Class 8  
13 2017 Open Standing  
2 2017 Singles Class 8  
13 2017 Open Standing  
2 2017 Singles Class 8  
13 2017 Open Standing  
2 2018 Singles Class 8  
12 2018 Open Standing  
2 2018 Singles Class 8  
12 2018 Open Standing  
2 2018 Singles Class 8  
12 2018 Open Standing  
2 2019 Singles Class 8  
17 2019 Open Standing  
2 2019 Singles Class 8  
17 2019 Open Standing  
2 2019 Singles Class 8  
17 2019 Open Standing  
20 2020 Open Standing  
2 2020 Singles Class 8  
20 2020 Open Standing