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EL GARAA Najat
Sport Para athletics, Para powerlifting
NPC Morocco   
GenderWomen
Age38
Place of BirthTemara, MAR
Height1.35 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Further Personal Information
Residence
Temara, MAR
Occupation
Office Worker
Languages
Arabic, French
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began powerlifting at age 34 in Rabat, Morocco.
Why this sport?
"The discipline is very rare in Morocco, with no Moroccan athlete ever able to reach the top in powerlifting. So I thought it was an opportunity to push the limits of my abilities a little more."
Club / Team
Club Amis de Fes: Morocco
Name of coach
Hamid Boumajjane [national]
Coach from which country?
Morocco
Senior International Debut
Year
2017
Competing for
Morocco
General Interest
Hobbies
Music, cooking, baking. (Athlete, 01 Jun 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver at the 2018 African Championships in Algiers, Morocco, and finishing sixth at the 2017 World Championships in Mexico City, Mexico. (Athlete, 01 Jun 2019; paralympic.org, 01 Sep 2017)
Most influential person in career
Her sister Laila and her father. (Athlete, 01 Jun 2019, 19 Jan 2011)
Hero / Idol
Moroccan shot putter Lahcen Samsam Akka. (Athlete, 19 Jan 2011)
Awards and honours
In January 2013 she received the Sheikh Mohamad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award at a ceremony in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (moroccoworldnews.com, 07 Jan 2013)

She was named Morocco's Best Female Athlete of 2012 by the Moroccan Press Association [MPA]. (lemag.ma, 25 Dec 2012)
Other sports
She competed in athletics at the Paralympic Games in 2008 and 2012. She won gold and bronze in the F40 discus and shot put, respectively, at the 2012 Games in London. She also won bronze in the F40 discus at the 2008 Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 01 Jun 2019; SportsDeskOnline, 21 Feb 2019; paralympic.org, 2017)
Famous relatives
Her sister Laila competed in athletics for Morocco at the Paralympic Games in 2004, 2008 and 2012. She won silver in the F40 shot put at the 2004 Games in Athens. Her brother Mohamed also represented Morocco in athletics at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (SportsDeskOnline, 21 Feb 2019; paralympic.org, 2017; Athlete, 19 Jan 2011)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 01 Jun 2019)
Impairment
She was born with achondroplasia and is a person of short stature. (Athlete, 01 Jun 2019; 2013worlddwarfgames.org, 11 Sep 2012)
Other information
OCCUPATION
She works for the Ministry of Youth and Sports in Morocco. (Athlete, 01 Jun 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
3 2008 Discus Throw F40 26.86
4 2008 Shot Put F40 7.75
1 2012 Discus Throw F40 32.37
3 2012 Shot Put F40 8.62
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
2 2006 Shot Put F40 7.50
1 2006 Discus Throw F40 23.66
4 2011 Shot Put F40 8.47
1 2011 Discus Throw F40 28.99
World Championships - Para powerlifting
Rank Year Event Result
6 2017 55kg 94.0
6 2019 55kg 103.0
European Open Championships - Para powerlifting
Rank Year Event Result
4 2018 61kg 98