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LEIKIS Libby
Sport Para athletics
NPC New Zealand   
GenderWomen
Age22
Height1.57 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T37, F37
Further Personal Information
Residence
Wellington, NZL
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Sports Management - New Zealand Institute of Sport: Wellington, NZL
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She discovered athletics in Melbourne, VIC, Australia. She started competing in Para athletics in 2011.
Why this sport?
She discovered athletics after participating in a mini athletics day at primary school in Melbourne, VIC, Australia. "I like speed, so I do athletics. I was really good at it due to my grandfather's genes."
Club / Team
Wellington Harrier Athletics Club: New Zealand
Name of coach
Mike Ritchie, NZL
Training Regime
She trains six days per week, for an hour and a half per session.
Senior International Debut
Year
2019
Competing for
New Zealand
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Dubai, UAE
General Interest
Hobbies
Music, drawing. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; Instagram profile, 27 May 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2017 World Junior Championships in Nottwil, Switzerland. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; paralympic.org, 06 Aug 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Mike Ritchie, and her father. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the Paralympic Games. (Keen and Able YouTube channel, 06 Aug 2017)
Impairment
She had seizures from when she was born until age two, when she was diagnosed with tuberous sclerosis, a disease that causes tumours in the body. After surgery at age two to remove a tumour in the back of her head, she suffered a stroke that affected the right side of her body, especially her hand and foot. At age 13, another tumour was discovered in her head and she underwent further surgery. "The disease is genetic but I didn't get it that way, mine was just something that happened." (libbyleikis.wixsite.com, 08 Dec 2016; Keen and Able YouTube channel, 06 Aug 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
16 2019 100m T37 16.30
18 2019 200m T37 34.08