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Arina Nicolaisen

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T38

Further personal information

Residence
Bloemfontein, RSA
Languages
Afrikaans, English

Sport specific information

Why this sport?
She initially competed in equestrian sports, but switched to Para athletics after her horse Spirit developed asthma.
Club / Team
Kovsie Athletics: Bloemfontein, RSA
Name of coach
Rufus Botha [club]

General interest

Hobbies
Horse riding. (bloemfonteincourant.co.za, 22 Aug 2019)
Hero / Idol
South African Para athlete Louzanne Coetzee. (KovsieSport Facebook page, 05 Aug 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Life does not ask us to be the biggest or the best, it asks us only to try." (Facebook profile, 13 Sep 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. She also aspires to open her own Para athletics facility. (bloemfonteincourant.co.za, 22 Aug 2019)
Impairment
She was born with cerebral palsy, which resulted in spasms and the uneven growth of her limbs. The condition affects her right arm and both legs. She has undergone five surgeries since early childhood. (bloemfonteincourant.co.za, 22 Aug 2019)
Other information
FUTURE PLANS
She aspires to open her own facility where she can offer training and rehabilitation for Para athletes. "Para athletes do not always get the opportunities they need, which is sad because there are so many of them who have potential. I would like to open a centre one day where people can get the training and therapy that they need." (bloemfonteincourant.co.za, 22 Aug 2019)