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LIN Ya Hsuan
Sport Para powerlifting
NPC Chinese Taipei   
GenderWomen
Age46
Weight 61 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Residence
Taichung, TPE
Occupation
Athlete, Motivational Speaker, Student
Languages
Hokkien, Mandarin
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began powerlifting while she was in high school in Changhua, Chinese Taipei.
Why this sport?
She became interested in the sport when she saw that senior students at her school were competing abroad. "My life is already tough. If I live a routine life, I would feel less worthy. There are some feelings in my heart that push me to do something that others may consider stupid. But I think this is totally worthy."
Name of coach
Chen Ying-Te, TPE
General Interest
Nicknames
Sunflower (Facebook page, 24 May 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you can do one thing well in your life, that's enough." (Facebook profile, 13 May 2019)
Other sports
She has also competed in Para archery at national level. (Instagram profile, 02 Dec 2020, 24 Jul 2019)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (vamossports.com.tw, 04 Oct 2018)
Impairment
She has paraplegia after falling from the fifth storey of a building at age three. (vamossports.com.tw, 04 Oct 2018; tc.edu.tw, 27 Mar 2015)
Other information
EARLY DAYS
As a young athlete it was difficult for her to convince her mother to allow her to take up the sport full-time. "In order to accomplish my dream in Para powerlifting, I quit my job and told my mother that I had potential and I wanted to continue to train. However, she had a different opinion because I didn't have any financial support. We had a big argument and I left home for three days to show my determination. In the end, she found me and told me that she wouldn't intervene and that I must be responsible [for myself]. But she still gave me money secretly." (Pon Tucom YouTube channel, 20 Apr 2018)

OCCUPATION
She has worked in e-commerce. (Pon Tucom YouTube channel, 20 Apr 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
8 2000 60kg 75.0
7 2004 56kg 77.5
6 2008 56kg 82.5
  2012 60kg  NoM
7 2016 61kg 78
7 2021 61kg 78.0
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
7 2002 56kg 72.5
6 2006 56kg 77.5
7 2010 56kg 82.5
11 2014 61kg 81.0
4 2017 61kg 80.0
14 2019 61kg 84.0
10 2021 61kg 77.0
European Open Championships
Rank Year Event Result
9 2015 55kg 78
Asian Para Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2014 55kg 80
6 2018 61kg 81