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USTARITZ Laure
Sport Para athletics, Para swimming
NPC France   
GenderWomen
Age24
Place of BirthThionville, FRA
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired range of motion
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
F37, T37
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Athlete, Office Worker
Languages
English, French, German
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics in October 2015.
Why this sport?
Initially a swimmer, she was inspired to take up athletics by her mother. "It was because of her. She already ran. I told myself that I wanted to do the same. I wanted to compete."
Club / Team
Association Thionvilloise Handisport: France
Name of coach
Stephane Guehrar [personal], FRA
Training Regime
She has up to eight training sessions per week.
Senior International Debut
Year
2016
Competing for
France
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Grosseto, ITA
General Interest
Hobbies
Travel, swimming. (Facebook page, 07 Oct 2019; Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal in the T37 400m at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (republicain-lorrain.fr, 01 Sep 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coach Stephane Guehrar, and her family. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
French Para athlete Marie-Amelie Le Fur, French open water swimmer Aurelie Muller. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Other sports
She is a two-time French national champion in Para swimming. (republicain-lorrain.fr, 08 Sep 2016)
Famous relatives
Her mother Anne Ustaritz is a distance runner who has won medals at the European championships in the masters category. (republicain-lorrain.fr, 01 Sep 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (republicain-lorrain.fr, 04 Mar 2017)
Impairment
She has partial hemiplegia of her left arm and left leg. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018; republicain-lorrain.fr, 04 Mar 2017)
Other information
OCCUPATION
She works part-time as an assistant at a health consulting firm in Mexeville, France. She benefits from an agreement with her employer that allows her time off for training camps and competitions. (France 3 Grand Est YouTube channel, 11 Nov 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
7 2017 400m T37 1:11.47
9 2019 400m T37 1:09.74
European Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
5 2016 400m T38 1:11.98
3 2018 400m T37 1:11.80
4 2018 200m T37 31.64