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    Manuela Schaer

    Ones to watch
    Switzerland Switzerland Para athletics 5 December 1984

    Lucerene, Switzerland

    Manuela Schaer of Switzerland competes in the Women's 5000m - T54 Heat at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

    Biography

    Human Interest
    Data Value
    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
    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)

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