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KOBER Birgit
Sport Athletics
NPC Germany   
GenderWomen
Age44
Place of BirthMunich, FRG
Height1.78 m
Weight 90 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Ataxia
Classification
F37
Further Personal Information
Residence
Munich, GER
Occupation
Teacher
Languages
French, German, Italian, English
Higher education
Education, Medicine - LMU Munich: Germany
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began competing in able-bodied javelin in 1985 in Munich, Germany. She took up para-athletics in 2008.
Why this sport?
She took up the sport for fun.
Club / Team
TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen: Germany
Name of coach
Willi Gernemann [national], GER; Joachim Lipske, GER, from 2008
Senior International Debut
Year
2011
Competing for
Germany
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Christchurch
General Interest
Nicknames
Tiger (Athlete, 05 Jul 2010)
Hobbies
Photography, spending time with her cats, table tennis, travelling, using her computer, reading. (birgitkober.de, 01 Aug 2015)
Most influential person in career
Coach Joachim Lipske. (Athlete, 05 Jul 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I always try to give my best, be fair in competition and life, and have fun while coaching and throwing." (Athlete, 09 Feb 2011)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2012 Female Athlete of the Year by German newspaper Abendzeitung Munich. (abendzeitung-muenchen.de, 15 Jan 2013)

She was named the 2012 Disabled Sportswoman of the Year in Cologne, Germany. (bayer.de, 25 Nov 2012)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (birgitxxl.de, 01 Aug 2015)
Impairment
She has ataxia as a result of an error in her medical treatment in 2007. She also has had epilepsy since her youth. (birgitkober.de, 01 Aug 2015)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
She has served as an ambassador for the Bavarian Red Cross in Germany. (Facebook profile, 04 Aug 2015; birgitkober.de, 01 Aug 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2012 Javelin Throw F33-34/52-53 27.03
1 2012 Shot Put F32-34 10.25
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2011 Shot Put F32-34 9.30
1 2011 Javelin Throw F33-34/52-53 23.54
1 2013 Javelin Throw F33/34 27.45
1 2013 Shot Put F32/33/34 9.92
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 Javelin Throw F34 19.56
1 2014 Shot Put F34 8.60