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ENOCK Elie
Sport Para athletics, Para powerlifting
NPC Vanuatu   
GenderWomen
Age33
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Residence
Port-Vila, VAN
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics in 2016, and began Para powerlifting in 2021.
Why this sport?
She was introduced to Para athletics at a talent identification session run by the Agitos Foundation and the Oceania Paralympic Committee. Several years later, coaches encouraged her to try powerlifting. "I went to do gym trainings with the Vanuatu CrossFit Team here for my shot put throws and that's when two of my female coaches at CrossFit come up with the idea for me to start powerlifting, so they asked me if I was interested. I told them that okay, I'll try, and that's when I started doing powerlifting."
Name of coach
Odile Siro [athletics, national]; Mary-Estelle Mahuk, VAN; Dani Kalanga; Simone Pritchard
General Interest
Hobbies
Swimming, singing, watching films, socialising with friends. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian footballers Neymar and Ronaldinho, and the New Zealand rugby union team. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If I can do it then you can do it. You just have to think positive at all times that you can do it, and you will achieve anything you set your mind to." (samoa2019.ws, 16 Jul 2019)
Awards and honours
She was flag bearer for Vanuatu at the opening ceremony of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England. (paralympic.org, 29 Jul 2022)
Other sports
She represented Vanuatu in both Para powerlifting and Para athletics at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England. She competed in the women's heavyweight powerlifting event, and in the women's F55/56/57 shot put. (SportsDeskOnline, 23 Aug 2022; paralympic.org, 13 Jul 2022)
Milestones
She became the first athlete representing Vanuatu to compete in two different Para sports at the Commonwealth Games when she participated in Para powerlifting and Para athletics at the 2022 Games in Birmingham, England. (SportsDeskOnline, 23 Aug 2022; paralympic.org, 13 Jul 2022)
Impairment
She was involved in a car accident at age 20, which resulted in the amputation of her left leg above the knee. "We hit the bridge, then I flew outside and my leg was broken." (goodpeoplenews.com, 09 Mar 2020; Vanuatu Paralympic Committee Facebook page, 24 Sep 2019)
Other information
DEALING WITH HER IMPAIRMENT
At age 20 she was involved in a car accident with her boyfriend, which resulted in the amputation of her left leg above the knee. Following her injury, she was affected by depression and the break up of her relationship with her boyfriend, who also lost a leg in the accident. "I was really upset about the accident and the relationship break up and also the way people looked at me differently. For a while I was very depressed. All my dreams were crushed, but then I became involved in Para sport, and everything changed for me. I really love it [sport]. I have found something that makes me happy all the time. I always think positively now about my life with a disability. Sport gave me confidence, ownership and responsibility back. Para sport has really changed my life a lot. It helps me to know that having a disability doesn't stop you from achieving your goals and even helps me realise what I can do with my disability." (tokyo2020.org, 23 Jul 2020; goodpeoplenews.com, 09 Mar 2020)

ACTING
She has a passion for acting and says the activity helped her to overcome depression following her accident. She was introduced to acting at the Wan Smolbag Rainbow Disability Theatre in Vanuatu. "I had some really close friends that supported me and helped me to move on [following her accident], but I would still stay at home. I was really upset about the accident and the way people looked at me differently. The Wan Smolbag supported me greatly. The challenge is when I have to choose between training or [performing in] a play." (goodpeoplenews.com, 09 Mar 2020; loopnauru.com, 15 Jul 2019; dailypost.vu, 30 Jan 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
14 2019 Shot Put F57 6.28
Commonwealth Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
6 2022 Shot Put F55/56/57 7.70
Commonwealth Games - Para powerlifting
Rank Year Event Result
8 2022 Bench Press Heavyweight 52.8