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BLAKE Natalie
Sport Para powerlifting
NPC Great Britain   
GenderWomen
Age37
Place of BirthManchester, ENG
Height1.25 m
Weight 54 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Further Personal Information
Residence
Newark, ENG
Languages
English
Higher education
Sport Studies - Newark College: England
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up powerlifting at age 15 in Stoke Mandeville, England.
Why this sport?
She used to compete in wheelchair racing before deciding she wanted to try something different.
Club / Team
Physical Health & Performance Ltd: Newark, ENG
Senior International Debut
Year
1999
Competing for
Great Britain
General Interest
Hobbies
Listening to music. (britishweightlifting.org, 28 Oct 2014)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (britishweightlifting.org, 28 Oct 2014)
Most influential person in career
New Zealand powerlifter George Taamaru and British powerlifter Emma Brown. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2010; britishweightlifting.org, 28 Oct 2014)
Hero / Idol
Welsh footballer Ryan Giggs. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2010)
Awards and honours
She underwent emergency brain surgery a week before she was due to compete at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. She was able to participate at the Games, but her coaches decided to withdraw her from the competition after she was unable to complete her first lift. (britishweightlifting.org, 25 Jun 2015)
Famous relatives
Her father Keith has coached weightlifting. (uksport.gov.uk, 06 Mar 2014)
Impairment
She was born with spina bifida. (newarkadvertiser.co.uk, 17 Sep 2011)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
5 2000 56kg 80.0
4 2004 56kg 87.5
6 2008 48kg 97.5
  2012 52kg  DNF
6 2016 55kg 93
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2002 56kg 87.5
3 2006 48kg 87.5
4 2010 52kg 92.5
5 2014 55kg 88.0
8 2017 55kg 90.0
Commonwealth Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014 Bench Press Lightweight 100.2
6 2018 Bench Press Lightweight 77.4
European Open Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2013 55kg 93
4 2015 55kg 90