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ISHITILE Lahja
Sport Para athletics
NPC Namibia   
GenderWomen
Age25
Place of BirthOutapi, NAM
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T11, F11
Guide
Sem Shimanda; Sydney Kamuaruuma
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics in 2012 at Eluwa Special School in Ongwediva, Namibia.
Why this sport?
She got involved in the sport to stay busy at school.
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Namibia
General Interest
Hobbies
Singing. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal in the T12 100m at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her teacher Ms Ester, and her parents. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015; namibian.com.na, 26 May 2016; Facebook page, 29 Aug 2019)
Hero / Idol
Zambian athletics coach Michael Hamukwaya, Namibian Para sprinters Johanna Benson and Johannes Nambala. (Facebook page, 29 Aug 2019; namibian.com.na, 26 May 2016; Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
In 2017 and 2019 she was presented with the Sportswoman of the Year with a Disability Award at the Namibian Sports Awards. (nbc.na, 28 Oct 2019; neweralive.na, 30 Oct 2017)

She was given the Disabled Junior Sportswoman Award at the 2015 Namibia Sports Commission Sports Awards. (neweralive.na, 21 Oct 2015)

In 2015 she received a Sporting Achievement Award from Disability Sport Namibia. (namibiansun.com, 19 Oct 2015)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the Paralympic Games. (Facebook page, 28 Apr 2017)
Impairment
Her vision impairment is the result of an eye infection at age seven. She lost sight in both eyes completely at age 11. (namibian.com.na, 26 May 2016; Athlete, 23 Oct 2015 )

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Semifinal 2016 100m T11 12.56
Semifinal 2016 200m T11 25.37
Round 1 2016 400m T11 58.97
7 2021 Long Jump T11 4.52
6 2021 400m T11 1:00.42
10 2021 200m T11 27.42
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Semifinal 2013 100m T11 13.39
4 2013 400m T11 1:04.27
7 2015 400m T11 1:03.21
Heats 2015 200m T11 31.20
Heats 2015 100m T11 13.35
7 2017 200m T11 28.72
5 2017 400m T11 1:03.08
8 2019 Long Jump T11 4.44
10 2019 400m T11 1:03.94
7 2019 100m T11 12.68
7 2019 200m T11  DSQ
9 2019 Universal Relay 57.00
Commonwealth Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
3 2014 100m T12 13.48