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Sport Para athletics, Para powerlifting
NPC France   
Place of BirthSaint-Saulve, FRA
Height1.65 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Husband Mehdi Ourizat
Lille, FRA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began lifting weights at age six, and began competing at age 12.
Why this sport?
"I love the fact that it's an individual sport and I have to depend on myself to achieve results. It allows me to expend all my energy which helps to calm me, and I also like to be stronger than the men."
Club / Team
ASPTT Lille Metropole: France
Name of coach
Alexis Querou [national]; Mehdi Ourizat [husband]
Senior International Debut
Competing for
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the world championships in 2010 and at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2017;, 01 Jan 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her parents, her husband Mehdi, physiotherapist Jean-Bernard Gebert, and coach Alexis Querou. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
French footballer Lilian Thuram, French powerlifter Rafik Arabat, Brazilian footballer Ronaldinho, French Para athlete Joel Jeannot. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2017)
She sustained an injury in 2019 that affected her training in the lead-up to the 2019 World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. (, 07 Jul 2019)

She did not take part in the sport for five months between 2013 and 2014 due to a hernia. She returned to competition in April 2014 at the World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (, 20 Nov 2015; Athlete, 04 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I can't see myself not doing weightlifting. It's given me, and continues to give me, more autonomy. It really helps people in wheelchairs to go about their daily lives, lifting things, transferring from the wheelchair and so on. This sport is more than a passion. It's part of me and of my life, so it's difficult to stop." (, 07 Jul 2019)
Awards and honours
She was named a Knight of the National Order of Merit by the French president in 2004. (, 01 Aug 2008)
Other sports
She has competed in wheelchair racing at national level. (, 07 Aug 2010)
Famous relatives
Her husband Mehdi Ourizat has coached the French national Para powerlifting team. (, 20 Nov 2015;, 01 Dec 2014)
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 07 Jul 2019)
She was born with spina bifida. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para powerlifting
Rank Year Event Result
2 2004 60kg 120.0
3 2008 48kg 112.5
1 2012 67.5kg 146
2 2016 73kg 140
World Championships - Para powerlifting
Rank Year Event Result
3 2002 60kg 105.0
2 2006 52kg 115.0
1 2010 60kg 135.0
6 2014 73kg 100.0
1 2017 73kg 145.0
  2019 73kg  NoM
European Open Championships - Para powerlifting
Rank Year Event Result
1 2013 73kg 150
1 2015 73kg 142
1 2018 73kg 135