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GORANOVIC Marijana
Sport Para athletics, Para powerlifting
NPC Montenegro   
GenderWomen
Age31
Place of BirthNikšic, YUG
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
F41
Further Personal Information
Residence
Podgorica, MNE
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Montenegrin, Serbian
Higher education
Computing - University of Montenegro: Podgorica, MNE
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up athletics in 2007 at age 17 in Podgorica, Montenegro.
Why this sport?
Coach Igor Tomic noticed her talent while she was at school. "Athletics is a very difficult sport. It requires a lot of effort, hard work and dedication. But once you love it, you just enjoy it."
Name of coach
Igor Tomic, MNE, from 2007
Training Regime
She trains in Podgorica, Montenegro.
Senior International Debut
Year
2010
Competing for
Montenegro
General Interest
Nicknames
Mara (Facebook profile, 14 Jun 2016)
Hobbies
Listening to music, dancing. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the F40/41 shot put at the 2016 European Championships in Grosseto, Italy. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her father. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
New Zealand shot putter Valerie Adams. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Believing in yourself is the secret to success." (pokcg.org, 01 Oct 2016)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2018 Female Para Athlete of the Year by the National Paralympic Committee of Montenegro. (reprezentacija.me, 04 Dec 2018)

She was the flag bearer for Montenegro at the opening ceremony of the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (IPC, 20 Aug 2018)

In 2016 she received a special prize in recognition of her outstanding sporting results from the National Paralympic Committee of Montenegro. (disabilityinfo.me, 09 Dec 2016)

She was Montenegro's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (paralympic.org, 29 Aug 2012)

She received the Ambassador's Award for Civic Activism from the ambassador of the United States Embassy in Montenegro. (portalanalitika.me, 16 Apr 2013)
Milestones
She became the first female athlete from any sport to represent Montenegro at the Paralympic Games when she competed in shot put at the 2012 Games in London, four years after the first male Montenegrin competed at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (SportsDeskOnline, 22 Jul 2018; pokcg.org, 25 Sep 2014; vijesti.me, 26 Aug 2012)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Facebook profile, 13 Sep 2019; vijesti.me, 29 Aug 2018)
Impairment
She is a person of short stature. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
7 2012 Shot Put F40 6.35
8 2016 Shot Put F41 6.57
9 2016 Discus Throw F41 19.28
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
7 2011 Shot Put F40 5.30
7 2015 Discus Throw F41 18.67
6 2015 Shot Put F41 6.34
7 2017 Discus Throw F41 18.18
7 2017 Shot Put F41 6.57
European Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
2 2016 Shot Put F40/41 6.93
5 2016 Discus Throw F40/41 16.64
2 2018 Shot Put F41 6.56
4 2018 Discus Throw F41 18.08