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Britney Arendse



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Afrikaans, English, Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 2016 at age 16 in Dublin, Ireland.
Why this sport?
She was recruited to the sport by Para powerlifting coach Ken Hurley after Hurley saw her playing in a wheelchair basketball match. "He asked me if I would like to try powerlifting. I did and here I am now. I love it. It made me feel powerful, it's gave me an opportunity to meet people with different disabilities and represent my country worldwide."
Name of coach
Roy Guerin, IRL; Shannon Pollock, IRL
Training Regime
She has three days of weight training and three days of cardio training per week.

General interest

Spartacus ["My parents and coach always call me that at competitions."] (Athlete, 19 Aug 2021)
Spending time with friends and family, watching films, shopping, playing video games. (Athlete, 19 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Setting a junior world record in the 73kg category at the 2018 Asia-Oceania Open Championships in Kitakyushu, Japan. (Athlete, 06 Jun 2019; RTE News Facebook page, 03 Oct 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her parents and coach. (Athlete, 19 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
Irish boxer Katie Taylor. (Athlete, 06 Jun 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Persevere and overcome. Work hard, play hard." (Athlete, 06 Jun 2019)
Other sports
She has played wheelchair basketball at club level for North East Thunder in Ardee, Ireland. (, 13 Jul 2017)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 13 Jul 2017)
She was involved in a car accident in June 2009 that resulted in paraplegia. She spent six months in hospital, followed by five months at the National Rehabilitation Centre in Dublin, Ireland. (Athlete, 06 Jun 2019;, 13 Jul 2017)
Other information
Born in South Africa, she moved to Ireland at age five with her parents. (, 02 Mar 2017)


Unit Date Rank
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Up to 67.00kg Final 2017-12-06 9