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SUGDEN Louise
Sport Para powerlifting, Wheelchair Basketball
NPC Great Britain   
GenderWomen
Age36
Place of BirthReading, ENG
Height1.50 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Residence
Maidenhead, ENG
Occupation
Accountant
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para powerlifting in June 2017 at Loughborough University in England.
Why this sport?
She felt that she needed a new challenge after retiring from international wheelchair basketball in August 2016. "I spent a while training with the [British] Para canoe team but unfortunately I was not the classification they had hoped so that was the end of that little adventure. I tried a couple of different sports, rowing, canoeing and powerlifting. I just really took to powerlifting. Then I stumbled upon Para powerlifting. I've always been strong and I love the gym but I could not have imagined that my body would take the sport in such a positive way."
Club / Team
Aylesbury Aces : Aylesbury, ENG
Name of coach
Tom Whittaker [national], GBR
Senior International Debut
Year
2017
Competing for
Great Britain
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Mexico City, MEX
General Interest
Nicknames
Lou (Athlete, 16 Jun 2019)
Hobbies
Watching films, listening to music, knitting. (Athlete, 16 Jun 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the 86kg category at the 2018 European Championships in Berck-Sur-Mer, France. (Athlete, 16 Jun 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Tom Whittaker. (Athlete, 16 Jun 2019)
Hero / Idol
British wheelchair basketball player Ann Wild. (channel4.com, 21 Dec 2011)
Injuries
She was sidelined for three months after undergoing surgery on a wrist injury in September 2011. (bucksfreepress.co.uk, 27 Apr 2012)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"I have a few lucky items I like to have on competition day." (Athlete, 16 Jun 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Dream big, work hard." (Athlete, 16 Jun 2019)
Other sports
She played wheelchair basketball at the Paralympic Games in 2008 and 2012. (louisesugden.co.uk, 19 Nov 2017)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the Paralympic Games. (Athlete, 16 Jun 2019)
Impairment
She was involved in a road traffic accident in 1985 that resulted in paraplegia. (Athlete, 16 Jun 2019)
Other information
SWITCHING SPORT
After putting an end to her career in wheelchair basketball she took up Para powerlifting. After just nine months in her new sport, she won a silver medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. "I'm still getting used to powerlifting, as it's a change in environment and mind-set from wheelchair basketball. Unless my body suddenly gives up, there is no reason I can't achieve plenty more." (bucksfreepress.co.uk, 10 Apr 2018)

COACHING
She has coached the London Titans wheelchair basketball team in England. (louisesugden.co.uk, 24 Oct 2017)

OCCUPATION
She is a trained chartered accountant. (Athlete, 16 Jun 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Wheelchair Basketball
Rank Year Event Result
8 2008 Team  
7 2012 Team  
World Championships - Wheelchair Basketball
Rank Year Event Result
6 2010 Team  
5 2014 Team  
World Championships - Para powerlifting
Rank Year Event Result
10 2017 86kg 96.0
7 2019 86kg 120.0
Commonwealth Games - Para powerlifting
Rank Year Event Result
2 2018 Bench Press Heavyweight 89.2 
European Open Championships - Para powerlifting
Rank Year Event Result
3 2018 86kg 108