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Sport Para powerlifting
NPC Indonesia   
Place of BirthBali, INA
Height1.50 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Bali, INA
Public Servant
English, Indonesian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 2006 in Bali, Indonesia.
Why this sport?
Her older brother competed in Para powerlifting, so she followed him into the sport. "Living with my brother exposed me to the sport. Initially I was just playing around with the gym's equipment, and they always let me. One day the coach invited me to practise and then enrolled me in a national event. I did not care about the weight categories at the time. Every time I was asked, 'What class are you in?', I always answered 'sixth grade', and everyone laughed. But after winning gold [in the +40kg category at the 2006 National Student Para Games in Indonesia], I realised that powerlifting was 'it'. I did not know what to do with my life before powerlifting."
Club / Team
Bali: Indonesia
Name of coach
Coni Ruswanta [national], INA
Training Regime
She does her sessions at the national training centre in Solo, Indonesia.
General Interest
Widi, Widia (, 19 Oct 2014; Facebook profile, 30 Sep 2018)
Travel, training, sports in general. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal in the 41kg category at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 12 Apr 2020; Athlete, 11 Jul 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her family, and her coach. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019)
Hero / Idol
Her parents, and Indonesian educator Raden Adjeng Kartini. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019;, 21 Apr 2017)
She has been affected by a right shoulder injury since before the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019;, 22 Mar 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up, no one can do everything but everyone can do something." (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019)
Other sports
She competed in athletics [shot put and wheelchair racing] at junior provincial level in Bali, Indonesia. (, 19 Jun 2016)
In 2016 she became the first athlete representing Indonesia to win a medal in powerlifting at the Paralympic Games when she claimed bronze in the 41kg category in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 08 Sep 2016)
Famous relatives
Her older brother I Gede Suantaka has competed in Para powerlifting at provincial level in Indonesia. (, 19 Sep 2018;, 18 Sep 2018)
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019)
She has an impairment to her legs after contracting polio at age three. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017;, 21 Apr 2017)
Other information
She is one of two Para powerlifters from Indonesia to be called Ni Nengah Widiasih. Both athletes come from Bali and competed at the 2018 Asian Para Games in Indonesia. To separate the pair, she is often referred to as Widi, while the other athlete, who was born in 1980, is known as Nengah. (, 11 May 2019;, 11 Oct 2018)

She works as a civil servant at the Indonesian Ministry of Youth and Sports. (, 12 Apr 2020;, 08 Jan 2020)

She took up wheelchair racing at age 12 and competed in national events. "I started wheelchair racing when I was 12 years old and competed in some national competitions. After two years of that, I started powerlifting. Actually, I didn't settle for powerlifting because at that time I didn't understand what powerlifting really was. I just followed my brother to training and then his coach asked me to start training too. And every day, the coach pushed me to keep training in the sport. Sometimes I cried, because at that age, powerlifting was so hard. But luckily, I had a brother and a coach who were very patient, and trained me until my first international competition." (, 12 Apr 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
5 2012 40kg 78
3 2016 41kg 95
2 2021 41kg 98.0
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2014 41kg 93.0
4 2021 41kg 95.0
European Open Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2018 45kg 97
Asian Para Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2018 41kg 97