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GHAZOUANI Souhad
Sport Para powerlifting
NPC France   
GenderWomen
Age36
Place of BirthSaint-Saulve, FRA
Height1.65 m
Weight 73 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Husband Mehdi Ourizat
Residence
Lille, FRA
Languages
French
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began lifting weights at age six.
Why this sport?
"I love the fact that it's an individual sport and I have to depend on myself to achieve results. It allows me to expend all my energy which helps to calm me, and I also like to be stronger than the men."
Club / Team
ASPTT Lille Metropole: France
Name of coach
Mehdi Ourizat [husband]; Alexis Querou [national]
Senior International Debut
Year
2005
Competing for
France
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the world championships in 2010 and at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
Her parents,her husband, physiotherapist Jean-Bernard Gebert, coach Alexis Querou. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
French footballer Lilian Thuram, French powerlifter Rafik Arabat,
Brazilian footballer Ronaldinho, French Para athlete Joel Jeannot. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2017)
Injuries
She did not take part in the sport for five months between 2013 and 2014 due to health problems [hernia]. She returned to competition in April 2014 at the World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (handisport.org, 20 Nov 2015; Athlete, 04 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Help yourself, and God will help you." (benchpresschampion.com, 01 Aug 2008)
Awards and honours
She was named a Knight of the National Order of Merit by the French president in 2004. (benchpresschampion.com, 01 Aug 2008)
Other sports
She has competed in wheelchair racing at national level. (lavoixdunord.com, 07 Aug 2010)
Famous relatives
Her husband Mehdi Ourizat has coached the French national Para powerlifting team. (handisport.org, 20 Nov 2015; mon.nordpasdecalais.fr, 01 Dec 2014)
Impairment
She was born with spina bifida. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2004 60kg 120.0
3 2008 48kg 112.5
1 2012 67.5kg 146
2 2016 73kg 140
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2002 60kg 105.0
2 2006 52kg 115.0
1 2010 60kg 135.0
6 2014 73kg 100.0
1 2017 73kg 145.0
European Open Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2013 73kg 150
1 2015 73kg 142
1 2018 73kg 135