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NGUYEN Thi Hong
Sport Para powerlifting
NPC Vietnam   
GenderWomen
Age39
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Husband Trong Vu, one son
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at the 2003 National Sports Games for People with Disabilities in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Why this sport?
She was competing in para-athletics at the 2003 National Sports Games for People with Disabilities in Hanoi, Vietnam. Someone suggested she should also take part in the para-powerlifting, and she won a silver medal without any training. She decided to pursue the sport after this immediate success.
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up." (vietnamnet.vn, 28 Dec 2013)
Other sports
She won a gold medal in para-athletics [3000m wheelchair race] at the 2003 National Sports Games for People with Disabilities in Hanoi, Vietnam. (vietnamnews.vn, 22 Dec 2013)
Impairment
She lost the use of both of her legs after contracting polio at age four. (vietnamnet.vn, 28 Dec 2013)
Other information
LATE EDUCATION
As a child she was unable to go to school because her family could not afford it and her impairment made it difficult for her to travel. At age 15 she began running a street tea stall against the wishes of her parents, and at age 18 had saved enough money to begin school, starting as a first-grade student. "At first the kids teased me, and I felt ashamed. Sometimes I burst into tears. I wanted to prove to people that I was not a redundant citizen, so I tried to focus on my studies. It took me only a few months to learn how to read and write fluently again." (vietnamnet.vn, 28 Dec 2013)

BREAK FROM THE SPORT
In 2007 she took time away from powerlifting to give birth to her son, not returning to the sport until 2010. (vietnamnet.vn, 28 Dec 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
5 2004 44kg 75.0
4 2012 40kg 88
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2006 44kg 72.5
5 2010 40kg 80.0
Asian Para Games
Rank Year Event Result
4 2014 41kg 81