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KOBER Birgit
Sport Para athletics
NPC Germany   
GenderWomen
Age47
Place of BirthMunich, FRG
Height1.78 m
Weight 90 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Ataxia
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F36
Further Personal Information
Residence
Munich, GER
Occupation
Coach
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 1860 Munchen: Germany
Name of coach
Willi Gernemann [national], GER; Alexander Holstein [national]
Senior International Debut
Year
2011
Competing for
Germany
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Christchurch, NZL
General Interest
Nicknames
Tiger (Athlete, 05 Jul 2010)
Hobbies
Photography, spending time with her cats, building Lego, using her computer, playing video games. (birgitkober.de, 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Joachim Lipske. (Athlete, 05 Jul 2010)
Injuries
She suffered from a right hand injury in April 2018 and had to wear a protective orthotic for two months as result. (birgitkober.de, 01 Apr 2018)

She suffered an arm injury in January 2016. (hallo-muenchen.de, 21 Jan 2016)

Health problems meant she was unable to compete at the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. (Facebook profile, 23 May 2016)
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
In 2012 and 2016 she was awarded the Silbernes Lorbeerblatt [Silver Laurel Leaf] for her achievements at the Paralympic Games. (bundespraesident.de, 01 Nov 2016; 07 Nov 2012)

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 German Sportswoman with an Impairment of the Year in Cologne, Germany. (bayer.de, 25 Nov 2012)
Other sports
She has also been involved in Para badminton at amateur level. (Facebook page, 18 Aug 2017)
Ambitions
To set a new world record in shot put at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (Facebook page, 03 Aug 2018)
Impairment
She has ataxia as the result of an error in her medical treatment in 2007. She has also had epilepsy since her youth. (birgitkober.de, 01 Aug 2015)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
She serves as an ambassador for the Red Cross in the state of Bavaria, Germany. (Facebook profile, 30 Jul 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2012 Javelin Throw F33-34/52-53 27.03
1 2012 Shot Put F32/33/34 10.25
1 2016 Shot Put F36 11.41
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
1 2016 Shot Put F35/36 11.20
1 2018 Shot Put F36-37 11.79