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Alexandra Helbling

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T54

Further personal information

Residence
Nottwil, SUI
Languages
English, German

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 2005.
Why this sport?
"I was with my parents in Tenero [in Switzerland] during the holidays. Next to the campsite was a sports centre where I could watch athletes during their training sessions. At that time I did not know about wheelchair racing. When I sat in a racing wheelchair for the first time, I knew that was what I wanted to do."

General interest

Hobbies
Sports, listening to music. (Facebook page, 07 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning the bronze medal in the T54 800m at the 2014 European Championships in Swansea, Wales. (RolltTV YouTube channel, 11 Nov 2019; SportsDeskOnline, 10 Mar 2020)
Hero / Idol
Italian motor racing driver and Para cyclist Alex Zanardi, Swiss Para athletes Edith Wolf-Hunkeler and Manuela Schar. (Athlete, 21 Oct 2015; myhandicap.ch, 15 Oct 2014)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
Before competitions she listens to music, especially by US singer Marilyn Manson, to pump her up. (RolltTV YouTube channel, 11 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I'm not disabled, I just cannot walk." (Facebook page, 07 Sep 2019)
Awards and honours
She was named 2014 Newcomer of the Year by the Swiss Paralympic Committee. (swissparalympic.ch, 24 Oct 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (paraplegie.ch, 14 Feb 2019)
Impairment
She has incomplete paraplegia and a spinal contusion as the result of a car accident in 2000. "When I got my first wheelchair age six, I was very happy and just ran around with it." (blick.ch, 06 May 2020; migrosmagazin.ch, 05 Dec 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 800 m T54 Heat 1 2012-09-04 6
Women's 1500 m T54 Heat 2 2012-09-06 6
Women's 100 m T54 Heat 2 2012-09-08 5
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T54 Semifinal 1 2013-07-20 8
Women's 200 m T54 Final 1 2013-07-21 6
Women's 800 m T54 Semifinal 2 2013-07-22 8
Women's 800 m T54 Final 1 2013-07-23 6
Women's 1500 m T54 Semifinal 2 2013-07-24 13
Women's 400 m T54 Semifinal 2 2013-07-26 9
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T54 Final 1 2015-10-22 7
Women's 200 m T54 Heat 1 2015-10-22 6
Women's 100 m T54 Heat 2 2015-10-23 9
Women's 1500 m T54 Heat 1 2015-10-23 12
Women's 800 m T54 Heat 2 2015-10-25 9
Women's 400 m T54 Heat 1 2015-10-27 10
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T54 Final 1 2017-07-15 5
Women's 400 m T54 Heat 2 2017-07-16 7
Women's 400 m T54 Final 1 2017-07-17 6
Women's 800 m T54 Heat 2 2017-07-18 8
Women's 800 m T54 Final 1 2017-07-19 7
Women's 100 m T54 Final 1 2017-07-23 6