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SCHÄR Manuela
Sport Para athletics
NPC Switzerland   
GenderWomen
Age34
Place of BirthLucerne, SUI
Height1.65 m
Weight 46 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T54
Further Personal Information
Residence
Kriens, SUI
Occupation
Athlete, Clerk
Languages
French, German, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics in 1998 at the Swiss Paraplegic Centre in Nottwil, Switzerland.
Why this sport?
"I was a runner before I got injured and loved sports."
Club / Team
RC Zentralschweiz: Lucerne, SUI
Name of coach
Claudio Perret [personal], SUI, from 2013
Senior International Debut
Year
2001
Competing for
Switzerland
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Nottwil, SUI
General Interest
Hobbies
Watching television, reading, spending time with friends. (paralympic.org, 27 May 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning the women's wheelchair overall title in the 11th Abbott World Marathon Majors series in 2017/18, after she posted wins in the 2017 London Marathon, Berlin Marathon, New York City Marathon and 2018 Tokyo Marathon. "I am very happy that I won the Abbott World Marathon Majors. It is really the biggest thing in my career so far." (Twitter profile Abbott WWMajors, 22 Apr 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coach Claudio Perret. (Athlete, 14 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
Canadian wheelchair racer Chantal Petitclerc, Swiss wheelchair racer Heinz Frei. (Athlete, 14 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never hope for it more than you work for it." (Athlete, 14 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2014 she received a special achievement award from the Swiss Paralympic Committee. (swissparalympic.ch, 24 Oct 2014)
Impairment
She has paraplegia as the result of a playground accident in 1993. (wingsforlifeworldrun.com, 01 Mar 2018)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
She has served as an ambassador for Right To Play Switzerland, an organisation that helps children in disadvantaged countries take part in sports programmes. (manuelaschaer.ch, 07 Aug 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2004 100m T54 16.93 
2 2004 200m T54 30.24 
6 2004 400m T54 56.47 
4 2008 100m T54 16.35
6 2008 400m T54 56.24
3 2008 200m T54 28.84
7 2012 400m T54 57.57
5 2012 800m T54 1:50.90
5 2012 100m T54 16.76
5 2016 400m T54 55.27
4 2016 1500m T54 3:23.41
8 2016 5000m T54 11:59.86
5 2016 800m T54 1:46.00
6 2016 Marathon T54 1:38:46
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2002 100m T54 18.07
5 2002 200m T54 33.52
9 2002 400m T54 1:05.82
5 2011 100m T54 17.46
3 2011 200m T54 30.61
4 2011 800m T54 1:55.35
3 2011 400m T54 57.93
2 2013 5000m T54 12:08.33
2 2013 800m T54 1:47.70
5 2013 1500m T54 3:34.92
2 2013 400m T54 55.34
1 2013 Marathon T54 1:49:45
7 2017 1500m T54 3:26.09
5 2017 400m T54 55.53
2 2017 800m T54 1:49.47
5 2017 5000m T54 12:34.55
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 400m T54 59.11
1 2014 5000m T54 13:20.04
1 2014 800m T54 2:00.93
1 2014 1500m T54 3:55.00
1 2018 5000m T54 12:24.47
1 2018 1500m T54 3:33.42
Marathon World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2015 Marathon T53/54 1:43:56