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CERERO GABRIEL Laura
Sport Para powerlifting
NPC Mexico   
GenderWomen
Age54
Place of BirthOaxaca de Juárez, MEX
Height1.40 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Family
Son Cristian, daughter Ana Laura
Residence
Oaxaca de Juárez, MEX
Occupation
Athlete, Coach
Languages
Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 1998 in Mexico City, Mexico.
Why this sport?
"In the beginning I was told that this was a sport for men only, but I believed women were also capable of doing whatever the men could. When I saw other women competitors, I wanted to be as strong as them."
Club / Team
Asociacion de Deportes sobre Silla de Ruedas de Oaxaca: Mexico
Name of coach
Jesus Garcia [national]
Senior International Debut
Year
1998
Competing for
Mexico
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Dubai, UAE
General Interest
Nicknames
La Reina Zapoteca ['Zapotec Queen', because she was born in the village of Villa de Zaachila, outside Oaxaca, Mexico, which was founded by the Zapotec culture]. (rotativooaxaca.com, 08 Aug 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
Her coach, and her family. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
Mexican powerlifter Amalia Perez. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2017)
Injuries
She sustained a shoulder injury in 2016. She returned to international competition in May 2017 at the World Cup event in Eger, Hungary. (nvinoticias.com, 20 May 2017)

In 2014 she injured her shoulder and was sidelined for a few months after undergoing surgery. (noticiasnet.mx, 20 Aug 2015; imparcialoaxaca.mx, 28 Dec 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"There are no limits." (Athlete, 04 Dec 2017)
Impairment
Her impairment is a result of the effects of polio. She contracted the illness as a baby. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2017)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
She coordinates a project in Oaxaca, Mexico, which is aimed at encouraging young people from the state to get involved in sport and become more active. "Sport is a way to work out, make some friends and be physical and mentally healthy." (imparcialoaxaca.mx, 28 Aug 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2000 40kg 82.5
3 2004 40kg 85.0
3 2008 40kg 92.5
  2012 44kg  NoM
  2016 45kg  NoM
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 1998 40kg 65.0
2 2002 40kg 75.0
2 2006 40kg 85.0
3 2010 44kg 97.5
3 2014 45kg 95.0
  2017 45kg  NoM
  2019 45kg  NoM