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PIPPER Jelena
Sport Para powerlifting, Rowing
NPC Estonia   
GenderWomen
Age44
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Rene, son Sebastian
Occupation
Administrator
Languages
English, Estonian, Russian
Higher education
Biotechnology, Food Technology - Tallinn University of Technology: Estonia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began Para powerlifting in June 2016 in Tallinn, Estonia.
Why this sport?
"I wanted to be an example for my son and other people, to prove to myself and everyone else that if you train hard, your dreams can come true."
Club / Team
HC Gym: Tallinn, EST
Name of coach
Nelli Pipper [mother, personal], EST
Senior International Debut
Year
2018
Competing for
Estonia
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Berck-sur-Mer, FRA
General Interest
Hobbies
Swimming, rowing, hiking, orienteering, cycling. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2018 European Championships in Berck-sur-Mer, France. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her mother, her son, her partner, and coach Maksim Ignatenko. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019)
Hero / Idol
Estonian rally driver Ott Tanak. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019)
Awards and honours
In 1997 and 2013 she was named Sportswoman of the Year by the Estonian Union of Sports for the Physically Disabled. (sportlio.com, 28 Jun 2018)
Other sports
She competed in Para rowing between 2010 and 2015 and represented Estonia at the 2011 World Championships in Bled, Slovenia. She also competed in Para swimming between 1988 and 2004. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019; SportsDeskOnline, 28 Mar 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (Facebook profile, 21 Jun 2021)
Impairment
She has an impaired range of motion on the left side of her body. (sport.err.ee, 17 Apr 2018)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
She is a co-founder and board member of Eesti Puuetega Naiste Uhenduste Liit [Estonian Association of Disabled Women]. She has also served as president of the Disabled Women's Society in Tallinn, Estonia. (Eesti Puuetega Naiste Uhenduste Liit Facebook page, 21 Dec 2021; Athlete, 11 Jul 2019)

FURTHER EDUCATION
After she graduated with a bachelor's degree in food and biotechnology at Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia in 2000, she studied for a master's degree in the same subject at the same university. (LinkedIn profile, 19 Apr 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships - Para powerlifting
Rank Year Event Result
17 2019 67kg 58.0
24 2021 67kg 58.0
World Championships - Rowing
Rank Year Event Result
15 2011 Legs, Trunk & Arms Coxed Four 3:52.98
European Open Championships - Para powerlifting
Rank Year Event Result
4 2022 73kg 62