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LEFEVOUR Kelsey
Sport Para athletics
NPC United States   
GenderWomen
Age29
Place of BirthChicago, IL, USA
Height1.30 m
Weight 38 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T53
Further Personal Information
Residence
Champaign, IL, USA
Occupation
Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Media Studies - University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign: United States
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 2007 at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in the United States of America.
Why this sport?
"I was new to Champaign and I was looking for a way to meet new people. I started going to track practice shortly into my freshman year and instantly loved it."
Club / Team
University of Illinois Wheelchair Racing Team: Champaign, IL, USA
Name of coach
Adam Bleakney [club], USA, from 2007
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
United States
General Interest
Hobbies
Skiing, listening to country music. (teamusa.org, 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing in the T53 100m final at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Adam Bleakney, and her mother. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
US wheelchair racer Jessica Galli Cloy. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never wish for it more and you work for it." (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Other sports
She has played wheelchair basketball for the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in the United States of America. (wherevent.com, 22 Feb 2013)
Impairment
She has spinal cord injuries as the result of being born with scoliosis, kyphosis and diastematomyelia. (dnainfo.com, 10 Jul 2013)
Other information
OTHER STUDIES
She has studied a doctorate [PhD] in recreation, sport and tourism at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in the United States of America. She has a master's degree in sport management from the same university. (teamusa.org, 2015; Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
7 2016 100m T53 17.31
Round 1 2016 400m T53 1:01.50
Round 1 2016 800m T53 2:09.07
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
6 2013 100m T54 18.04
Heats 2015 200m T54 35.32
11 2015 100m T54 18.42
Heats 2015 400m T54 1:08.46
5 2017 200m T53 31.00
9 2017 400m T53 1:02.24
6 2017 100m T53 17.55