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ALCOBA MEMBRILLA Maria Montserrat
Sport Para powerlifting
NPC Spain   
GenderWomen
Age41
Place of BirthSabadell, ESP
Height1.65 m
Weight 77 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Family
Husband Jordi, children Alex and Ona
Occupation
Teacher
Languages
Catalan, English, Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age 27 in Barcelona, Spain.
Why this sport?
After her accident, she wanted to choose a sport that would allow her to train by herself. She also enjoys being physically strong, as it helps her support her husband. "Para powerlifting allows me to carry my husband's electrical wheelchair, so it is useful in everyday life. It is the ideal sport for me."
Club / Team
Club de Peses Terrassa: Spain
General Interest
Nicknames
Montse (Athlete, 25 Jun 2019)
Hobbies
Playing sport, spending time with her family. (Athlete, 25 Jun 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Qualifying for the 2020 Paralympic Games. "Finally, the dream has come true." (masdeportivas.com, 07 Jul 2021)
Most influential person in career
Her husband Jordi. (Athlete, 25 Jun 2019)
Other sports
She has competed in wheelchair basketball in Spain's national competition. (eldorsal.com, 25 Jan 2019; feddf.es, 01 Feb 2006)
Ambitions
To compete at the Paralympic Games. (Athlete, 25 Jun 2019)
Impairment
At age 15 her left leg was amputated after it became infected following a motorcycle accident. (ccma.cat, 01 Dec 2018)
Other information
OCCUPATION
She works as a special education teacher. "It is not easy to combine work, family and sports, but with dedication I can achieve my goals." (masdeportivas.com, 07 Jul 2021)

FAMILY
She took time away from sport to give birth to her two children. She was out of competition for around eight years before returning to training in 2017. She also cares for her husband, who has a degenerative condition that means he uses a wheelchair. "My impairment doesn't determine my life, I determine my impairment. I tell my children to be proud of what I do, so once they become adults they realise that they can do anything they decide to." (ccma.cat, 01 Dec 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
7 2021 79kg 107.0
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2010 82.5kg 90.0
  2019 73kg  NoM
8 2021 79kg 104.0
European Open Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2018 86kg 95
3 2022 79kg 101