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IBRYAM Esmeray
Sport Para athletics
NPC Bulgaria   
GenderWomen
Age37
Place of BirthIsperih, BUL
Weight 70 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F54
Further Personal Information
Residence
Burgas, BUL
Occupation
Councillor, Sports Administrator
Languages
Bulgarian
Higher education
College of Tourism: Burgas, BUL
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport?
After her accident Bulgarian para-powerlifter Nikolay Krastev suggested she should take up his sport. Chairman of the national Paralympic association Ilia Lalov then recommended she should switch to para-athletics.
Club / Team
Sports Club Dzhavelin: Burgas, BUL
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Bulgaria
Location
Olomouc, CZE
General Interest
Hero / Idol
Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic, Bulgarian para-athlete Stela Eneva. (standartnews.com, 14 Apr 2015)
Injuries
She sustained a knee injury at the 2015 International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation World Games in Sochi, Russian Federation. (flagman.bg, 09 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
She was named 2014 Best Female Athlete with an Impairment in Burgas, Bulgaria. (dir.bg, 23 Dec 2014)
Other sports
Before her accident she competed in athletics at national level. She has also participated in para-powerlifting at national level in Bulgaria. (dariknews.bg, 04 Dec 2012; standartnews.com, 14 Apr 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (standartnews.com, 14 Apr 2015)
Impairment
She has paraplegia after being involved in a car accident in 2004. (24chasa.bg, 17 May 2012; flagman.bg, 09 Oct 2015)
Other information
COUNCILLOR
She is a councillor for the city of Burgas, Bulgaria, where her work focuses on making the city more accessible for those with impairments. "I decided to join [the council] because people with disabilities should have their representative in the local parliament of Burgas. Healthy people are not as aware of our specific needs." (flagman.bg, 09 Oct 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
European Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
8 2014 Discus Throw F55 11.05
10 2014 Shot Put F53/54/55 5.29
8 2016 Shot Put F55 4.69